By George Businge
Victims of the 2010 landslide that devastated Bududa District have tasked the government to process land titles for the land allocated to them in Kiryandongo district.
They say that they are living under threat from Bunyoro Kitara Reparations Agency- a pressure group that is fighting to rectify historical injustices committed against the Banyoro.
More than 600 households were relocated from the landslide prone area in eastern Uganda and taken to start a new life in Kiryandongo, after the March 2010 disaster which claimed 300 lives, destroyed crops, and buried several houses in Bududa. Each family was allocated 2.5 acres of land, agriculture in-puts and equipment.
However, the group has noted that they have been discouraged from developing the land in the absence of proof of ownership, due to warnings from the pressure group.
Julius Werekha, the Chairperson of the Bududa mudslide victims in the Panyadoli settlement area says the threat imposed on them by (Bunyoro Kitara Reparations Agency) BUKITAREPA is making life unbearable. He says they need full control over their land.
Deo Wambalya, another resettled victim from Nametsi in Bududa says the mudslide victims feel marginalized and wonders how an organization can force them out of the land that government lawfully acquired.
State Minister for Relief and Disaster Preparedness Musa Ecweru says his office will provide letters of allocation to each household in the Settlement Area so that they gain direct control over the land as they wait for the titles.
He downplays threats by BUKITAREPA saying that the government of Uganda legally acquired the land in liaison with the Kingdom of Bunyoro.
But Doviko Batwale, the Coordinator of Bunyoro Kitara Reparations Agency challenged the government to prove that it legally acquired the land from Bunyoro Kingdom and that the Kingdom consented to the relocation of Mudslide victims from Bududa.