Tanzania President John Pombe Magufuli has reached out to his Ugandan counterpart who is grieving the loss of 44 lives in Bududa district landslides.
In a twitter message, Magufuli said he was sorry for the loss of lives and condoled with President Museveni and all Ugandan citizens for losing over 40 people in a torrential mudslide in Bududa District.
“Tanzanians join you in this period of depression and we pray for all injured people to recover quickly,” Magufuli tweeted.
Museveni had done the same when Nyerere ferry sunk in Lake Victoria killing hundreds of Tanzanians.
While visiting Bududa on Sunday, Museveni wholeheartedly apologised to the people of Lutsheshe for the delay in resettling those who are in landslide prone areas around Mount Elgon and assured them that government is now going to fasttrack their relocation to safe areas in the country.
According to the leadership of Bududa District, 44 people were killed and many others injured and some survived tragedy.
President Museveni attributed the delay in the resettlement to lack of coordination among bureaucrats and also the political leadership of the district who were not following up all the planned resettlement exercise.
Nakupa pole Mhe. Rais Museveni na wananchi wote wa Uganda kwa kuwapoteza watu zaidi ya 40 katika ajali ya maporomoko ya udongo iliyotokea katika Wilayani Bududa. Watanzania tunaungana nanyi katika kipindi hiki cha majonzi na tunawaombea majeruhi wote wapone haraka @KagutaMuseveni
— Dr John Magufuli (@MagufuliJP) October 14, 2018
“I was let down by my people. I am here to apologise on their behalf. A plan was made and the people had agreed to move. But it seems there was lack of coordination. I apologise for this; we are now going to move very fast,” he told the attentive mourners.
President Museveni, noted that the government was now in agreement with the people on the issue of resettlement and added that Shs.8 billion that is budgeted for annually for the next 10 years, will be made available for this exercise.
The Minister of Disaster Preparedness and Refugees, Hon. Hillary Onek, said everything is in place for the resettlement of those who are affected.
The Chairman of Bududa District said that the people of Bududa are ready to move even if they are given the green light.
Those present included the Prime Minister, Dr. Ruhakana Rugunda, line Ministers and Bududa District leadership.