Buliisa locals claim victims of Lake Albert displacement 'stealing' their food

Buliisa locals claim victims of Lake Albert displacement 'stealing' their food
One of the homes affected by the Lake Albert water rise

Legislators, leaders and residents from Buliisa District are concerned with the delayed response from the government towards supporting people whose homes and properties were destroyed by the 2021 Lake Albert water level rise.

They say that despite repeated calls to the government, there is no response yet many up to now have nowhere to stay.

Since 2021 when the water levels at Lake Albert rose and affected a number of homesteads, businesses collapsed and houses submerged.

Local leaders claims that part of the 2kg of beans and 6kg of posho that were delivered by the Office of the Prime Minister, no other support has been extended to date.

Legislators from Buliisa and local leaders say the central government only registered the affected people in the five villages that experienced severe destruction but no support has since been extended to them.

According to Buliisa Woman MP Norah Bigirwa Nyendwoha, displaced persons have suffered for quite a long time.

"Imagine someone hosting your family since 2021, even it is your relatives it reaches a time when they feel like you have become a burden to them and you have to leave, but then leave and go where?" Bigirwa said.

Buliisa County MP Alan Atugonza said the government has to be intentional on helping the affected persons.

"We have individually supported, talked in parliament we now don't even know what to do, but these people keep coming to us asking us for help, we have run out of answers now," he said.

The district chairman Fred Lukumu said it was disturbing that even after the collapse of most ways of life, the lake that offered an alternative for survival is strictly monitored, making it difficult for them to gain from the water body.

"For the Bagungu, fishing is their daily activity, it has restrictions, some had started businesses, rentals and submerged now how are our people surviving and this has seen a spike in cases of theft so government need to find lasting solution to this matter," Lukumu said.

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