The Observer (Kampala)

2 September 2014

Uganda: Elgon Residents to Get New Home

Government has bought land worth Shs 8bn to resettle populations in the Mt Elgon area at risk of being buried by landslides.

People to be resettled are from the eastern districts of Bududa, Manafwa, Bulambuli, and Sironko.

"[We] have agreed that people at risk of landslides be resettled in the safe lower lying areas within Bugisu," Hilary Onek, the minister for Disaster Preparedness, told journalists last week at the Office of the Prime Minister.

Onek said his ministry had acquired 2,828 acres of land in Bunambutye sub-county, lower Bulambuli district to resettle 1,150 households from the upper Elgon region. Each household will get 2.5 acres of land.

The land, Onek said, had been acquired from three successful bidders. These were Sim Oil Ltd, Godfrey Manana and a joint bid from Mutabusi and Patrick Watika, Ochow George Wilson and Christine Ochow. The resettlement starts this month.

"We are treating this resettlement process as a matter of urgency," Onek said.

Musa Ecweru, the junior minister for Disaster Preparedness, said government planned to resettle all Ugandans displaced by natural disasters in the country. He said government had started screening people in Sango Bay. Over 5,000 people, who were expelled from Tanzania, are expected to be resettled.

For the Kasese flood victims, Ecweru said government would resettle them in safer areas.

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