President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni went straight to Bukalasi Sub County, Bududa District to show solidarity with the people who were affected by landslides which left several buried.
At 51 people including primary school children are are confirmed dead while scores still missing after the landslides swept their homes on Thursday following a downpour.
The president apologise to residents on behalf of the government over delayed resettlement of those living in landslide-prone areas to safer places, and commit that this process will be fast-tracked to avoid any future occurrences.
‘’I was let down by my people. I apologize on their behalf. A plan was made and the people had agreed to move but it seems there was lack of coordination in government. I apologize for this, we are now going to move very fast.’’ He said.
He blamed the delay of relocation on politicisation of the program arguing residents to cooperate.
“I still caution you against tampering with nature. I have severally spoken about the dangers of cultivating on these mountainous slopes. Some of you had settled and were cultivating on river banks. We should not provoke Mother Nature,” Museveni added.
He promised to give Uganda shillings 5 million to families of each person who died in the mudslides and Uganda shillings 2 million to each of those who were injured.