Chris Baryomunsi, the Minister of Information, Communication Technology and National Guidance, said that the persons staying and cultivating in the mountainous and other disaster areas irrespective of their social status must put into consideration the effects of their activities on nature and the risks to their own lives.
At least 16 people were killed after heavy rain caused mudslides in Kisika, Rukoki sub-county on Wednesday. The landslide buried dozens of homes and their occupants and left several residents, mostly women and children, nursing injuries at a nearby hospital,
The Rwenzori East Police Spokesperson, Nelson Tumushime, says that they have handed over 15 bodies to their families for burial as they continue searching for the missing people. He says that they are still doing assessments before issuing a detailed report.
The mudslides occurred at around 2: 30 am on Wednesday morning in Kasika, Rukoki Sub County Kasese district following heavy rains. At least 20 houses were reduced to rubble and property of unspecified value was buried in the mud.
Up to 1500 people were temporarily resettled in Muhokya sub-county after a series of floods and landslides displaced them from their homes in December 2020. But they are now seeking answers on why the process for their relocation and resettlement has stalled even after a presidential directive.
Chance Kahindo the Mayor of Kasese Municipality says they fear that if the rains become intense as its being predicted, water might carry along properties including boulders that would eventually silt the river again.
The NWSC Manager for Kasese Peter Ebwaat is hopeful that the new water source will produce about 4 million liters daily of the minimum required 5 million liters to consumers in Kasese town and its surroundings.
Kasese LCV Chairperson Eliphazi Muhindi Bukombi says they are surprised that the government has changed its initial offer of 700 Million Shillings for the 200 acres of land required to resettle the IDPs to 500 million shillings for the same piece of land.
River Nyamwamba has in the recent past caused a lot of destruction and loss of lives as a result of flooding. The latest events resulted in the destruction of Kilembe Mines Hospital and left hundreds of area residents displaced.
Eliphazi Muhindi, the Kasese District LC V Chairperson told URN that in December last year, they called for bids from suitable sellers to express interests but many of the potential sellers did not satisfy the government standards. He also says that many others didn’t have the required 200 acres.
Yerusania Mukara the camp vice chairperson says the affected households have now shifted to a temporary classroom structure that was put up by UNICEF early this year for the learning of nursery-going children.
The Minister of State for Water and Environment, Aisha Ssekindi says the ministry will urgently prioritise mobilising for more money to help the district expand flood control interventions along major rivers.
WWF is implementing the midstream activities after signing a contract with the Ministry of Water and Environment and its activities include raising community awareness on environment conservation, riverbank stabilization, and supporting the livelihood of communities along the catchment area.