Uganda: Mudslide Victims Accuse District Leaders of Theft

Bududa — The mudslide victims in Bukalasi Sub-County in Bududa District have accused their leaders of misappropriating donated relief items.

The victims claimed during the handover of relief items at Bukalasi playground on Sunday by Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) party leaders, most of the donated items that included food, blankets, cooking oil, mattress, saucepans, among others, did not reach them.

Mr Godfrey Wabasolo, one of the survivors of the October 11 mudslides, which left 54 residents dead and more than 800 displaced, said they have reported the disappearance of relief to the district leaders but they have not received any positive response.

“We are victims but unfortunately the relief items intended for us, ended up at the homes of our leaders and their relatives, who are not part of listed victims,” Mr Wabasolo, said.

Recently, the victims, who have relocated to Bukalasi SS playground, started returning to their respective homes, due to lack of shelter and food.

Another victim, Ms Judith Wamatabar, asked the donors to embrace the style of FDC party to deliver the items to the affected community itself not through the district leaders.

However, the LC5 chairperson, Mr Wilson Watila, refuted the allegations.

“It is not true the relief is being misappropriated. People who made the allegations must not be victims because those we registered are receiving the relief on daily basis. We have the list of victims. As I speak now, stores are full of food,” he said.

Mr Watila accused the FDC leaders of politicising the donation. “They defied the rightful procedure of delivering relief items to victims, which helps in proper accountability,” he said.

The police, however, argued that relief items should be delivered to the district headquarters not directly to victims.

Mr Amuriat, who said the victims, should be relocated within the district, stressed that the NRM government has failed in its duties.

Other organisations and institutions that have donated to the mudslide victims so far include churches, Red cross and the Chinese community in Uganda, among others.

The FDC Donation

The FDC party leaders led by the party president, Mr Patrick Amuriat, Dr Kizza Besigye, a four-time presidential candidate, Mr Nathan Nandala Mafabi, the FDC secretary general and the Leader of Opposition in Parliament, Ms Betty Aol Ochan, donated the items, including maize flour, cups, clothes, beans, among others to the victims.

Mr Amuriat lashed out at the ruling party for failing to support the victims. “The NRM government has failed to support you but it only comes here to mourn and send condolences,” he said.

Dr Besigye said the purpose of delivering the items had no political reasons as police implied.


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Publish date : 2018-10-30 11:21:47

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