Why Bududa landslide victims decline resettlement

Recovery. Residents of Buwali Sub-county in Bududa District search for missing persons in mud and rabble after the landslide. PHOTO BY LEONARD MUKOOLI

What you need to know:

  • Mr Martin Owor, the Commissioner of Disaster Preparedness and Management, said they cannot pay the victims money because they might misuse it.

Bududa. Mr Peter Mataki’s house sits on a steep slope and on either side is a garden of banana plantation inter-cropped with beans.
Mr Mataki, a resident of Suume village in Bukalasi Subcounty in Bududa District, has lived here for decades despite several warnings that his home is sitting on a “time bomb”.
“This is where my grandparents lived and no one among them died because of landslides. This area is safe but people keep telling me to leave,” Mr Mataki, says.

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