Prime Minister Dr Ruhakana Rugunda has assured hundreds of people in Bunyoro sub-region who were displaced by floods as a result of rising water levels in Lake Albert, that government is working out plans to resettle them to safer locations.
Rugunda, who visited the Bunyoro sub-region districts of Ntoroko, Buliisa and Hoima on Tuesday 22nd December 2020, met local leaders and saw some of the most affected locations, assessing the gravity of the problem and receiving proposals on what could be done to find a lasting solution.
His visit to the region followed a directive by President Yoweri Museveni, who, while campaigning there last week, received reports that the displacement had caused misery and suffering.
“I would like to assure the people affected by the natural disasters of flooding and displacement, that President Museveni and the NRM Government have you at heart and the President has directed that a more durable solution be found,” Rugunda told a cross section of displaced people living in a camp in Kanaara Sub-county, Ntoroko District.
During discussions, local leaders requested Government to earmark a portion of Semuliki Wildlife Reserve for settlement of the displaced.
The affected region borders the game reserve and Lake Albert.
A similar proposal was mooted in Buliisa, where large sections of areas bordering the shores of Lake Albert have been submerged.
In Hoima, leaders suggested to Government that there is need to negotiate with private land owners who have extensive portions of land, buy it off and avail it for settling the displaced.
Rugunda told them that the options raised would be discussed by relevant authorities and a way forward found.
In all the three locations, leaders appreciated Government for providing relief food and other non food items such as tarpaulins, blankets and jerrycans that have given temporary reprieve to the population.
The Prime Minister used the opportunity during the visit to call upon leaders and the population to follow the measures in place to combat the spread of Covid-19.