Bududa landslides: MPs want Ministers Onek, Ecweru censored

MPs are plotting to censor the Minister for Disaster Preparedness and Refugees Hillary Onek and his junior Musa Ecweru whom they find culpable in causing the government financial loss in the procurement of 2,868 acres of land for the resettlement of the Bududa landslides victims.

Following the 2010 landslides in the Mountain Elgon district, government disbursed Shs 8.5 billion to the Office of the Prime Minister (OPM) for the purchase 2,868 acres of land located at Bunambutye Sub-County in Bulambuli District on which the Bududa landslide victims were to be resettled.

It was envisaged that each household would receive 1 acre of land.

Before the resettlement program could be implemented, six years later, nature struck again in October this year, killing at least 43 lives.

This came against the backdrop of a court case involving 18 clans of the Bamasaba against Elgon County MP Ignatius Wamakuyu Mudimi who used his company, Simu Oil (U) Ltd to receive payment for the land using forged land titles.

NRM’s Ignatius Wamakuyu Mudimi (Elgon County MP) sold fake land titles

“The Committee noted that the resettlement exercise was characterized by numerous challenges including: ignoring rightful owners, dealing with wrong elements, failure or refusal to carry out proper due diligence, misleading information and conflict of ownership,” Adjumani Woman MP Jessica Ababiku who chairs the Presidential Affairs committee told Parliament.

The committee report was presented to Parliament on Wednesday evening.

“The Committee observed that possession of the land purchased by OPM is not realized despite availability of transaction documents and title deeds. The objective to resettle landslide survivors & over other People at risk of landslides in the Elgon hasn’t been realized,” Ababiku stated.

The report implicates a number of officials at OPM that the MPs want to be prosecuted but also want Parliament to take action against their colleague Wamakuyu Mudimi and the two Disaster Preparedness ministers.

Musa Ecweru and Hillary Onek, the ministers at the centre of the controversy

Speaker Rebecca Kadaga asked the MPs to read and internalise the report before a date when it will be debated is fixed.

A group of MPs notably Vincent Woboya (Budadiri East), John Baptist Nambeshe (Manjiya) and Ibrahim Kasozi (Makindye East) are working on a plot to have the ministers censored.