IN Bududa, nature turned against man. It hit in the quiet twilight of the night. The magnitude of destruction is chilling and unbelievable. Pictures of bodies being exhumed from mud, parents digging the mud for their children, tales of a people trapped beneath rubble, despair on faces of survivors and the community, reveal that this calamity is a national problem.
It is no use apportioning blame. What matters at the moment is a comprehensive disaster response system that will help the wounded heal, the displaced relocate and the psychologically tortured rehabilitated. Efforts to ensure the capability to handle similar incidents should be urgently developed.
I salute the Government for the effort to save lives and resettle the survivors, but the Government cannot do it alone. As a people, we need to mobilise resources and help the people.
Besides the Government, the private sector and the business community can do a lot to help â€” we have launched a campaign at the Uganda National Chamber of Commerce and Industry to this effect.
Some civil society and religious groups have already sent relief to Bududa. We also need to mobilise Ugandans in the Diaspora to send aid to Bududa.
It is also critical for the East African Community member states to give a hand. We know that many hands lighten the load. We have to act in unity to contain devastating forces of nature.
This could be the beginning of a long spell of natureâ€™s revolt against man.
It is at this point that we should also turn our eyes to the victims of Kabale landslides. In the aftermath of the disaster, we are reminded that life can be unimaginably cruel.
Those with inadequate faith will say God hates Bududa. People will grapple with the problem of what scholars call theodicy. That if God is good and intervenes in the world, then why does he make the innocent suffer? We should not question the will of God. Rather we should do what is humanly possible and lend a hand to the people in need.
The Uganda National Chamber of Commerce and Industry has opened up a centre for collection of material and financial resources. You can visit our offices on Plot 1 A Kira Road or telephone, +25673503035 firstname.lastname@example.org.
The writer is the chief executive officer Uganda National Chamber of Commerce and Industry
We should make Bududa, Kabale priority