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President Yoweri Museveni shakes hands with members of Elgon Zone Savings and Credit Associations Groups. He gave them Shs5m. Photo by Max Patrico Ocaido.

President Museveni Visits Landslide Victims

During the tour, Museveni who was led by his ministers; Hillary Onek, Irene Muloni, Vicent Ssempijja and Musa Ecweru supported the families of those who lost their relatives during the landslides with food and blankets among others.
posted onNovember 22, 2017
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By Max Patrico Ocaido

President Yoweri Museveni has on Wednesday spent his day commiserating with victims of the 28, August landslide in Sironko district.Museveni paid a visit to the mountain cliff in Masaba sub county, Budadiri in Sironko district where 7 people lost their lives during a heavy downpour that resulted to deadly landslides.

During the tour, Museveni who was led by his ministers; Hillary Onek, Irene Muloni, Vicent Ssempijja and Musa Ecweru supported the families of those who lost their relatives during the landslides with food and blankets among others.

While condoling the locals in Masaba sub county, Museveni warned people to stay away from the cliffs of the killer mountains, adding that government is going to resettle people to avoid future disaster.

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President Museveni addressing a first rally at Masaba Sub County in Budadiri County, Sironko district. (Photo by Max Patrico Ocaido)

"I tried to resettle you people in Bunyoro but you refused. Now we shall settle you within your areas but as long as you settle away from the cliffs because these mountains are waiting to kill you," Museveni said.

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Museveni shares a joke with a pregnant woman who has 3 kids at the age of 25. Museveni urged parents to send kids to schools. (Photo by Max Patrico Ocaido).

He also encouraged the locals to use the mountain cliffs to grow trees and plant perennial crops rather than using them for settlement.

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Museveni slopes from the mountain after talking to victims of the 28, August landslides where several lives were lost. (Photo by Max Patrico Ocaido).

Later on Museveni proceeded to address a huge rally at Masaba SS where he assured that the killer mountains will be blasted to make good roads that are nearly impassable during a rainy season.

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President Museveni being briefed on where the landslides occurred. (Photo by Max Patrico Ocaido).

"There are very many stones on this mountain waiting to kill you people, but instead of these stones being a problem, we are going to blast them to make good tarmac roads," he said, adding that government has also for funds to tarmac the Mbale-Sironko road. 

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President Museveni walking with government officials and locals landslide victims. (Photo by Max Patrico Ocaido).

In September, this year, at least 10 people were reportedly buried alive after the mudslide occurred in Sironko and several houses were also left buried in Bududa district

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