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Makerere staff, students in drive to help Bududa community

MUASA Chairman, Dr Deus Kamunyu Muhwezi has rallied MUK staff and students to offer support to the Bududa people under the Aid Bududa Community (ABC) initiative (FILE PHOTO)

MAKERERE – Makerere University community including students and academic staff will on Monday 15, launch an initiative dubbed Aid Bududa Community (ABC) to help people in landslides prone areas.

This was revealed by Dr Deus Kamunyu Muhwezi, the Makerere University Academic Staff Association Chairman.

“We are a community of over 60,000 people and we feel our contribution can be felt,” Dr Muhwezi said adding that the campaign will target everyone in the community including staff, students and residents.

Others will include alumni, friends, businesses on Campus and the whole community.

He added that this is purely a voluntary initiative and based on the faith in God and social responsibility.

The weeklong campaign starting Monday 15 will also involve the collection of items that can be used by people affected by the landslides disasters.

Lives lost and properties destroyed in Bududa landslides. (FILE PHOTO)

Dr Kamunyu said they will welcome all items including rice, millet, cassava, sugar, cooking Oil and several others.

Others will include tents, water, basins, Jerry cans, cups, medicines, blankets and clothes

“We are of the view that those with money can convert it into the above items. Money is hard to handle here at home and in Bududa,” he said.

He said that the launch of the much anticipated social action will feature Dr Michael Mbogga, a Climate Change Vulnerability Scientist who has researched on Bududa and that he will give an expert interview.

By Saturday evening, the website learnt that 41 dead bodies had been recovered so far after a river burst its banks following heavy rains, sending muddy water coursing through a market.

Bududa district in the foothills of Mount Elgon, which lies on the border between Uganda and Kenya, is a high-risk area for landslides.

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