Major Peter Mugisa says that UPDF trucks and other heavy equipment are stuck and can’t cross from Mukakati Village to the ADF camps due to the bad roads. Mugisa added that they will halt the operation for a week as they wait for Graders and other equipment to open the roads and repair Semuliki bridge.
Residents especially those in Bundingoma Sub County where UPDF camped on Tuesday say that due to the sound of heavy artillery some fled their homes and others developed health complications due to fear.
Elisha Mugisha Ateenyi, the cultural leader of Banyabindi minority tribe in Kasese District argues that unless a separate ministry or a commission is set up to address the challenges and historical injustices suffered by ethnic minority groups, the communities will continue to lose their unique identity resulting in their extinction.
Bundibugyo District Education Officer, John Byamukama told URN at his office that they have conducted an inspection in 30 schools in the district and found out that many of the schools have lost properties to thieves and suffered an invasion from local communities who have destroyed structures and turned school premises into grazing grounds.
Schools and other educational institutions were first closed in March 2020 shortly before Uganda registered its first cases of COVID-19. Although they were re-opened in October 2020, the second wave of infections forced the government to close schools again in May 2021 and they have since remained closed.
The facility has only two delivery beds and does not have a single postnatal bed. The bed is specifically designed with a safe co-sleeping option for mothers and their newborn babies and without them, the hospital does not have a provision for managing new mothers.
The rains and winds that started on Sunday night destroyed several banana plantations and houses, leaving over 300 residents homeless. The rains also blew off the roof of Busunga town council market and Busunga army barracks.
The four-year project, code-named Innovation and Gender Sensitive Nature-Based Solutions for Resilience-NBS and Green jobs is implemented by WWF-Uganda in the districts of Kasese, Bundibugyo, Bunyangabu, Ntoroko, Kabarole and Rubirizi.
Joel Bwambale, the LC V Vice Chairperson of Bundibugyo District, says that he received communication from the Local Government Ministry directing the CAO to terminate the services of volunteers to avoid legal petitions during the recruitment processes.
Faith Kabafumu, the OC in charge of the Child Protection Unit, says that children are the most affected in these cases. She says that the COVID-19 lockdown has exposed children to a risky lifestyle and to offenders who usually take advantage of their age and domestic challenges.