10 July 2012

Uganda: Govt Buys Oversize Doors for Displaced Bududa People

Over 100 metallic doors which the Prime Minister's office recently purchased for the houses constructed for the 2010 Bududa landslide survivors in Kiryandongo, cannot be used after they were found to be oversized.

The beneficiaries, who are already occupying the houses, are either improvising with blankets or totally doing without shutters.

The Prime Minister's office last year constructed a total of 102 three-roomed low cost houses as part of a multi-million project to construct a house for each of the 602 resettled families.

About 500 families are yet to benefit from the project which stalled in December last year due to lack of funds.

But, even the 102 houses so far completed lack shutters.

The Camp Commandant, Robert Baryamwesiga explained that the doors which were recently delivered to the camp after being manufactured Kampala, were too long and could not be fixed in the houses.

He said the manufacturer used dimensions that were used in making shutters for another set of houses which the Prime Minister's office constructed in Karamoja.

"The Karamoja houses were high, but these ones are short. So the doors could not fit," he said.

Baryamwesiga said he had called in technicians to modify the doors so that they can fit in the Kiryandongo houses.

The Government is planning to construct a house for each of the 602 families where were resettled in Kiryandongo after surviving the 2010 landslides which claimed over 100 lives in Buduuda District.

The project has however stalled since last December after partially constructing only 102 houses, due to lack of funds.

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