Construction of 800 houses for Bududa landslides victims kicks off

The Prime Minister Ruhakana Rugunda has launched the construction of low cost houses for the resettlement 800 household from the high risk areas of Bududa district.

They are to be resettled in Bunambutye Sub coubty in Bulambuli district where government acquired 628 acres of land for the resettlement of the Bududa landslides victims.

The resettlement program is planned to be concluded within ten years, with the first phase expected to benefit 500 households.

It is estimated to cost Shs 30 billion with each residential house costing about Shs 13 million.

According to Rugunda, the first batch of 110 households will be resettled by February 2019.

“We are going to construct a two bedroomed house for every household; every family will get an acre of land and more land to do farming and prosper,” said Rugunda

He said that in addition to the houses, government will construct schools, a health centre and suitable water supply for the people in the resettlement area.

“We shall provide free education and scholastic materials to the children for a period of two years,” said Rugunda

In October last year, at least 40 people died in one of the deadliest landslides to hit the district.

The landslides resulted into the over flooding of River Suume that burst its banks affecting the villages of Suume, Shitooko, Namalela, Nyende, Lwanda, Malanda, Shisambwa among others.

According to Care International Uganda the Mt. Elgon region has experienced 67 landslides from May 2018.

The LC 5 Chairman of Bududa district Wilson Watira welcomed the resettlement project but urged government to also provide food for the resettled people until they are able to grow and harvest their own food.