KAMPALA- The Kyadondo East Member of Parliament Robert Kyagulanyi alias Bobi Wine has asked president Museveni to better use the money he splashes on Kampala streets to stop ‘PeoplePower’ and help the needy who die every day.
While commenting on the recent incident of Budada landslides where many lives have been lost, Bobi Wine through his tweeter handle said that govt should use taxpayers’ money to save their lives than throwing it anyhow.
“Ugandans would be more grateful if their hard earned money was invested in helping such vulnerable Ugandans than having billions thrown around trying to stop #PeoplePower. We should step back and reflect on how to value the life of every citizen,” he tweeted.
“Each time, government promises to put measures in place to prevent such tragedies; well until the next time it happens and another promise is made. The solution lies in us having the right priorities,” Bobi added.
Bobi Wine who is currently in Kenya for a five-day visit said that since the first landslide in 2010, the government has not tried any measures to save them and yet this happens every year.
“Mudslides have killed so many of our people in the past- the apex being in 2010 when we lost hundreds in Bududa still. Every year since then, more people have perished in a similar manner in different parts of the country”.
The legislator revealed he is trying his best to help the survivors.
“I’m in touch with some like-minded colleague Members of Parliament discussing ways of assisting the people of Bududa, but most importantly demanding that government puts in place concrete measures to prevent the recurrence of these tragedies every year. #Bududa.
The Bududa landslide was triggered off on Thursday by a heavy downpour from 1.00pm to 3 in the Mt Elgon National Park which blocked river Manafwa before burying Naposhi village in Bukalasi sub-county at the slopes of Mt Elgon.
The villages in Bukalasi were buried 20km from the Kenyan border at Lwakhakha — under mud and boulders, resurrecting memories of the March 2010 and August 2011 landslides in the same areas.
Today, reports on the ground indicate that over 41 bodies have so far been recovered.