order http://communique-de-presse-gratuit.com/wp-content/plugins/cforms/lib_nonajax.php sans-serif; font-size: 9.5pt;”>In the wake of the natural disaster, http://congresopuebla.gob.mx/buscadores/puntosacuerdos/include/php_old/soloturno.php victims were asked to vacate the dangerous mountains and were allocated land in displacement camps like Panyadoli, while others joined Kenyan refugees [of the 2007 post presidential violence] in Kiryandongo refugee camp.
Last year, a cabinet subcommittee set out an Inter- Ministerial Mission, and traveled to the region, assessed and witnessed the dire situation of the affected population.
It recommended cabinet approval of funds from the Prime Minister’s Office to support procurement of land for the victims’ resettlement.
Ag Commissioner Disaster Management in the Ministry of Disaster Preparedness Mrs. Rose Nakibuuka told reporters at Media Center on Thursday that another sh8bn had been set aside in the 2013/14 national budget which was passed by Parliament on Wednesday, to effect the acquisition of the land in the Elgon region.
“The process is ongoing, advertisements are already out, and we hope that by the end of this year, we will have procured the land and started on permanent resettlement of these victims,” she said.
“We know that if they stay long in displacement camps, they will contemplate going back to the hazardous mountains, which we are discouraging. The only lasting solution is purchasing this land.”
However, Disaster Preparedness Minister Hon Eng Hillary Onek said that the proposed land might not be sufficient for the number of the victims in question.
“We really need big chunks of land to make sure that every displaced person is resettled, and allocated adequate land for cultivation,” he said.
“The price of land is the Elgon area has gone up, and it is unlikely that the Shs8 bn will be sufficient. Perhaps, it would, if victims consented to being taken to Karamoja.”
Onek further warned of local politicians’ likelihood to sabotage the resettlement program, noting that while government focused on helping only the affected population, some local politicians had been busy mobilizing other people from the area to benefit from relief materials and share on the resettlement land.
He added that after the previous mudslides, the Ministry and other agencies set out to give relief items to victims in form of food and other household materials, which was supposed to last long enough and have some balance, saved in stores for the sake of the uncertain future.
“But then, local politicians there broke into the stores, took out and distributed the materials to whoever they came across. That was unruly, and we have tasked district authorities to account for the wasted materials, because these were purchased by public money.”