web http://centrodelasartesslp.gob.mx/home/wp-content/plugins/events-manager/em-bbpress.php geneva; font-size: small; line-height: 150%;”>The Chairperson of the Committee Hon Kassiano Wadri while on a recent fact-finding mission in Sebei sub-region noted that among the promises and pledges made by government, approved resettlement of the displaced must be prioritised, so that the displaced too can once again become productive.
The Bukwo LCV Chairman Mr Reuben Chelimo informed the committee Members that the landless were displaced by Mountain Elgon National Park more than five years back.
“Government promised to give the displaced resettlement packages including land but the process seems to be too slow to yield results,” Chelimo said
The landless citizens in Kween and Bukwo further informed the committee that since they cannot cultivate, they have become beggars, or cross to nearby Kenya to provide labor in Kenyan gardens.
The internally displaced people used the Government Assurances Committee field visit and presented a petition to the Committee Chairperson to deliver their prayers to the Speaker.
In 2013, government announced it had finalized plans to procure vast chunks of land in the Mount Elgon region, in which to permanently resettle hundreds of victims of the 2010 landslides in Bududa district, which claimed more than 300 lives.
In the wake of the natural disaster, 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.
Earlier in 2012, a cabinet subcommittee set out an Inter- Ministerial Mission, and travelled 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 then that another sh8bn had been set aside in the 2013/14 national budget which was passed by Parliament to effect the acquisition of the land in the Elgon region.
However, MPs said the suffering of the people on the grassroots is appalling.
Meanwhile, Kapchorwa and Bukwo district local authorizes testified that, although female genital mutilation was outlawed in Uganda, this barbaric culture still exists within locals inhabiting the hills of Mount Elgon.
To eliminate this backward cultural practice, government has established girl’s boarding schools to educate and empower the girl child.
With increasing girls enrolled in schools, the community expressed its appreciation to government for providing funds in the previous financial year to equip the girl’s schools.
However, local leadership in Bukwo through Hon Sabila Nelson their area member of Parliament urged government to honour its promise of establishing a girls boarding school for their girls to be empowered too.
The Chairman LCV Kapchorwa Mr. Cheptoris Sam Mangusho commended government for honouring its promise of building houses for the world gold medalists Stephen Kiprotich and Moses Kipsiro.
Kapchorwa, which is also home district to Stephen Kiprotich and Moses Kipsiro further urged government to honour its pledge of financing the purchase of land to establish a Sport Centre to facilitate other upcoming sportsmen achieve their dream.