Salume Akwango, a resident of Katine Sub County, says they are currently depending on fishing and vegetables because getting food is a nightmare. Robert Ewaku, another resident says that some of them have ended up chasing their wives due to the economic hardships.
The bridge on River Mahoma was swept away by running water after a heavy downpour two weeks ago. The bridge connects Buheesi Sub County to Ruteete Sub County in Kabarole district and is often used by traders, farmers and school going children.
Livingstone Kintu, the Kooki Chiefdom Finance Minister, says although the suspension of the ground rent collection will affect their operations, there is nothing much they can do since most of the people cannot afford it now.
Families in the districts of Napak, Moroto, and Nakapiripirit are facing acute food insecurity due to significant crop losses over the last two seasons and a prolonged dry spell that has driven many families out of Karamoja to the areas of Teso and Lango. Several others have sought refuge in Turkana, neighboring Kenya.
In a statement to explain the hunger situation in Karamoja Janet Museveni stated that the situation is more severe in Kaboong, Moroto and Napak district out of the seven districts in Karamoja region. She blames this on the fragile nature of environment and climate of Karamoja that is being aggravated by the negative effects of global warming and climate change.