Residents of Bulicheke Sub County in Bududa District accuse Uganda Red Cross Society.
Written by Evans Wafula (Uganda) 2012-07-01 16:22:00 Read 441 Times
Residents of Bulicheke Sub County in Bududa District have accused theUganda Red Cross society for mishandling the victims and the survivorsof the resent landslides catastrophe saying that the Red Crossvolunteers on ground are swindling therelief they are supposed to give out.
Abdu Wetala who is a resident ofBunamulembwa Village in Bumwalukani parish accused the Red Crossvolunteers of abusing the beneficiaries when distributing relief food saying that this has caused a scare among the community leading toshying away from the Red Cross.
Damascus Kuloba who is a resident of the same area said that the RedCross officials in the area already have a bad record on foodsupply.
This reminds of the volunteer’s misbehaviors in the Nametsi camp at theformer mudslides in Bulucheke Sub County and the same misconduct might have been carried forward to theresent one.
Abraham Wabwire a resident of the same area however said that the RedCross officials must accept to work with the local community byallowing them to join hands in their operation for monitoring the reliefactivity.
The Cabinet Minister for disaster preparedness and refugee Hon. Dr.Steven Malinga while on his visit in the area yesterday Saturday echoedthe resident’s allegations saying he would not want to see a repeat ofwhat happened at the Nametsi camp again.
The minister however told the District and Regional Red Crossofficials to immediately change the volunteer’s team on ground andavoid posting those who were volunteering at the former mudslides campin Nametsi.
The Bubulo Red Cross branch manager Alex Werikhe has however stronglydenied these allegations saying that Red Cross is an established organization and can't do such a mistake.
Mr. Werikhe said that Red Cross isofficially mandated to handle such situations adding that he willnot change any of the people volunteering at the scene.
He said that relief has already been given to the most vulnerablepeople adding that the next relief food will be coming in eithertomorrow Monday or Tuesday.