48 survivors of Bushika from the 2019 landslide in Uganda are taking the government to court on grounds that it allegedly violated their rights by failing to “put in place effective machinery for dealing with natural disasters.”
According to the Red Cross society, the ground of the sub-county in the eastern region of the country gave way on December 3, 2019, killing 28 people and hundreds of homes destroyed.
The plaintiffs in court documents are accusing the central and local governments of infringing their constitutional rights to life, property and a healthy environment by failing to “put in place effective machinery for dealing with natural disasters.”
They claim officials failed to resettle people from disaster-prone areas, failed to declare a state of emergency in the area and failed to evacuate residents despite “a clear warning” from government meteorologists about potential landslides in late 2019.
The case is scheduled to open at Mbale High Court on Wednesday.
The survivors are seeking compensation and payment for the costs of resettlement, and government action to prevent further disasters.