By Stephen Kalema
Makerere University students together with their lecturers and other staff members have launched a campaign to offer relief to affected communities of the Bududa landslides.
The campaign code named ‘Aid Bududa Communities’ is aimed at rallying all generous Ugandans in and outside the university to help the survivors of a Thursday afternoon landslide in the Eastern District of Bududa. So far, 50 bodies have been retrieved from the ruble.
Speaking to journalists on Monday, Dr. Deus Muhwezi, the chairman MUASA, the umbrella body that brings together Makerere University Academic members said, “We are sending on the ground a team of 100 people who will deliver solicited items to victims and probably another team will also carry out research study on why landslides keep attacking such areas as well as offering last practical solutions.”
Courtesy of this campaign, prayers will be held in mosques on Friday in Bududa as well as in churches on Saturday and Sunday in commemoration of the deceased.
Vice chairman MUASA, Prof Edward Nector Mwavu from the College of Environmental Science called upon the implementations on appeals to relocate.
“Hazards do not necessarily need to lead to disasters. The public is encouraged to abide the warning by government move. The communities living on slopes of Mt Elgon are encouraged to reduce activities that increase vulnerability to mudslides or landslides.”
Prof Mwavu also appealed to the government to carry out research why communities living in these areas have been too resistant to relocate despite the government decrees to move them.