Prime Minister Dr Ruhakana Rugunda on Wednesday officially launched the Bulambuli resettlement project for victims of landslide disasters in the Elgon Region in Eastern Uganda.
The first phase of the project, costing Shs 32billion includes construction of 101 two roomed permanent houses for over 7000 victims of the Bududa landslides that have been reoccurring, leaving hundreds of lives lost.
The latest Bududa mudslides happened last year in October when River Suume busted, leaving 40 people dead and hundreds of people displaced.
The houses, built at a cost of Shs31m each by Uganda People’s Defense Forces (UPDF), Prisons and Uganda Police, stand on 1 hectare of land which will be permanently given to the victims in addition to 1 and half hectares for agricultural purposes.
Speaking at the official ground breaking ceremony held at the camp in Bunambufye Bulambuli, the Prime minister who was flanked by the Minister for Energy and Minerals, Muloni Irene, Minister for Relief, Disaster Preparedness and Refugees Hillary Onek, State Minister for Disaster and Preparedness Musa Ecweru, Area Members of Parliament and local government leaders; said the project is part of the bigger 10 year national resettlement project that will see government constructing over 900 housing units to benefit more than 100,000 Ugandans that have been misplaced by Calamities from different parts of the country.
According to him, the settlement camp will be provided with modern services including tapped water, a health center II facility, Electricity, a primary school and a modern irrigation facility for mechanized farming
“Once the entire project is done, this will be a model town for the whole of Uganda and other countries will come here to copy how Uganda has resettled her citizens” he said.
The Prime Minister added that the government will pay school fees for 2 years for the primary and secondary school going children as the victims settle in.
According to Disaster Minister, Hillary Onek, the victims will also receive land titles for 2 and half hectares of land given to them.
“Each of the victims will get a permanent land titles. The land in Bududa will be taken over by government for rehabilitation” he said
Minister Onek disputed claims by some politicians that the land in Bulabuli is in a land and will be flooded once it rains
“Although this place is flat, we are going to put in place channels that will transport water to the swamp down so flooding will not be a problem” he said