Residents living along these rivers note that over the years, there has been an unprecedented increase in pollution which puts their lives at risk of contracting diseases. According to residents, unknown people use the cover of darkness to dump waste in the river.
The gliding stones that were as a result of a mini landslide that hit the area, affected four villages of Bunalutere, Kikobero, Wambewo trading centre and Bubyengu upper in Bubyangu parish in Mbale affecting more than 700 People.
Traffic on the road has been diverted as Motorists from Mbale-Muyembe to Nakapiripirit are advised to use Mbale-Soroti-Katakwi-Nakapiripirit road while those from Nakapiripirit to Mbale/Muyembe are advised to pass via Katakwi-Soroti-Mbale-Muyembe road.
Stephen Were, the Busaba Sub County Agriculture Officer says over 100 acres of rice and crop gardens were destroyed by the floods, adding that the farmers who planted maize, water melon and cassava have also been affected.
However, Joram Musinguzi, the Cash Transfer Project Programs Officer, says they have moved in with the E-cash program to complement the existing disaster response mechanisms. He explains their assessment shows that Cash Based interventions are feasible and that Mbale was selected for a pilot study.
Abasi Were, the Namanyonyi Gombolola Internal Security Officer faulted the implementers of the program for not fully sensitizing the communities. He says the officials are rushing the program and the approach they are using isn’t viable.
Angry residents blocked a team of officials from the Environment Ministry and Mbale district Environment department that visited the area on Monday to kick start the demarcation process. Residents claim that they haven’t fully been sensitized about the importance of the restoration exercise and why they should surrender their land to government.
Engineer Vincent Kedi, an engineer in the Directorate of Geological surveys and Mines, says that at some sites, the landlords gave Mustafa surface rights for 50 years and therefore, they were outsmarted by the investor.