By Ronald Kabuye
The Chinese community in Uganda led by the Chinese ambassador H. E zheng Zhuqiang has made a humanitarian assistance (donation) worth 113 million shillings to the people of Bududa who were affected by land slides last week.
The donation has been handed over in terms of cash, cheque and relief to three line ministers in the office of the Prime Minister.
while receiving the donation, the minister for relief and disaster preparedness Eng. Hillary Onek said they need 16 billions to resettle 900 homestead on the 2800 acres acquired in Bulambul, however government’s resource envelope is limited before adding that they have already embarked on the resettlement process hence exhibiting the plan to the media.
It’s on this note that Onek urged the legislators to sacrifice half of their pay for at least six months to the people of Bududa if they indeed care for them since the required number for resettlement is over 100,000 but only 900 are to be evacuated in the first phase.
He also urged the Bugisu leaders to help them advise their people to move away from the river banks and stop building on the rocks.
He further said attributed the lost lives and injures to people not heeding to their ample warnings as it has been the case ever since the first incident occurred in 2010.
The state minister for disaster Musa Ecweru said 46 people have been confirmed dead while scores are being nursed in the near by health facilities.
He further revealed that strategic plan to resettle the Bududa people is already out and it will be implemented in the next few days and in phases.
He added that they have started with giving emergency relief, then will resettle those affected and lastly declare the other risky areas before resettling them.
Meanwhile on the same event, the Chinese government also donated information computer technology ICT equipment worth 85000 US dollars to the office of the Prime Minister.
The equipments include 95 sets desktop computers, 95 laptops, 10 all in one computers, 10, sets of multiple functional computers, 10 multiple functional printers and 10 projectors.
While Receiving the equipments, the minister for general duties in the office of the Prime Minister, Mary Karooro Okurut said the equipments will help them to improve on communication and productivity in government agencies before applauding the donors.