Bududa — People living in landslide prone areas in the hilly Bududa district have rejected relocation to other districts but opted for an urbanization proposal within the district.
During a well-attended consultation meeting held at Bududa district council hall between a cabinet sub-committee led by the Third deputy premier Gen. Moses Ali, district politicians, opinion leaders and residents it was resolved that government secures land to construct apartments where people can stay but use their landslide prone land for farming.
Speaker after speaker opposed the relocation of the affected people to areas outside Bududa district arguing that such a move would destroy the Bamasaaba cultural values.
The cabinet sub-committee that includes several ministers, senior technical officers from the various ministries has camped in Bugisu sub-region to assess the dangers faced by people living landslide prone areas so that government can come up with appropriate intervention.
Addressing the meeting, Gen Ali said to avert more deaths from landslides, government was looking at several proposals that include urbanization, securing resettlement land in Bugisu sub-region or in other areas outside Bugisu.
Gen Ali ruled out the use of force to relocate the population but hastened to add that government may use the provisions of the Constitution to buy land from individuals within the district for resettlement purposes.
"Urbanization will give chance to government to provide social services like health units, schools, water and road networks to the population living organized and secure environment," Ali said.
Gen. Ali was conducted around the district by the area MP David Wakikona who is also state minister for trade and co-operatives to visit proposed urbanization sites in Bushika, Bulucheke, Bubiita, Bumayoka , Bukalasi and Nakatsi sub-counties .
Other proposed areas for urbanization are in Bududa Town Council, Bumasheti, Bududa, Bushiyi, Bukibokolo, Bushika , Buwali, Nalwanza and Bukigai sub sub-counties.
Ali asked the people of Bududa to be patient as government mobilizes financial resources to embark on implementing the urbanization plans for resettling the affected population adding that in the meantime families are encouraged to stay in host homes.
Earlier, in his remarks MP Wakikona asked government to include Bududa district among the hard to reach areas in the country in order to improve service delivery in the difficult hilly terrain.