Dr Kizza Besigye, the former FDC party president said leaving around the mountains would not be a threat to the people if the government had put in place sufficient measures to conserve the mountains.
The Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) party has told the people of Bududa to reject any plan by the government to relocate them from their area, saying this could be a plot to take over their land. The caution was issued by party leaders who visited the affected areas on Sunday.
The team which was led by the Leader of Opposition in Parliament Betty Aol Ochan included the FDC party president Patrick Amuriat Oboi, Dr Kizza Besigye, the former party president, Nathan Nandala Mafabi the General Secretary and Party Chairperson Wasswa Biriggwa.
Dr Kizza Besigye, the former FDC party president said leaving around the mountains would not be a threat to the people if the government had put in place sufficient measures to conserve the mountains. He says there are many countries in the world which have mountains which are much higher than those in Uganda but they rarely face such problems.
Besigye added that in the early 60s, the colonial government planned and put terraces in the mountains in Kabale district. He says that the same idea needs to be replicated in the Mount Elgon areas.
Besigye asserted that the biggest problem in Uganda is the lack of systems that can preserve the environment. He says the mudslides would not have claimed lives if there were warning systems to alert people about any impending calamity.
He said that a few individuals in the government have robbed everything in the country and are now scheming to hide under the relocation to take over the land in Bududa.
FDC President Patrick Amuriat Oboi faulted the government for failing to conserve the mountains and hills in Bududa, exposing the population to landslides. He said the people of Bududa must stand against any plan to be relocated and fight for their land saying that they shouldn’t leave their wealth behind.
When the president visited Bukalasi on Sunday 14 of this Month, the LCV chairperson of Bududa told him to expedite the plans of relocating people to safer areas.