parish in Ggaliraya Sub County in Kayunga is cut off from the rest of the
district because of the rising water level in Lake Kyoga. The parish
comprises five villages of Ntimba, Kawongo landing site, Kyekidyo, Misozi and
However, Ntimba, Misozi and Bweyale villages have been reclaimed by
water displacing over 600 people. To access the parish, one uses a boat provided by Uganda National Roads
Authority-UNRA for residents to sail a distance of about 4kilometers crossing
through what was Bweyale village.
primary school, the only school in the area, resident’s houses and grazing
farms at Kyekidyo and Misozi and gardens among others are no more. Most of the
affected persons have now moved to Kawongo where they have set up temporary
Others have relocated to the Anglican and born again churches and
friends’ homes. Swalleh Matovu Kakeeto, the Kawongo LC I Chairperson, says 200
people have relocated to unknown destinations and those remaining are starving
after losing all their crops.
//Cue in: “Okuva kuluguudo…
Cue out: …oyise wange”//
Sophia Mutesi, a single mother of three children who is now occupying the LC I
Chairperson's kitchen is scared for the safety of her children, saying they
could be attacked by aquatic animals such as crocodiles and snakes that are
also running away from the deep waters into residential areas.
//Cue in: “Amazzi mangi…
Cue out: …omubiri gwona”//
Proscovia Namande, the Chairperson Kawongo Health Center III is worried of the
likely contagious disease in the area. She explains that so many latrines are submerged
and may lead to contamination.
//Cue in: “Embeera y’ obukyafu…
Cue out: …omujuzo mungi”//
Tom Sserwanga, the Kayunga LC 5 Chairperson, says that they have advised residents
to vacate the affected areas as they work with the government to relocate them to a
He says, specialists
have warned that the water levels will continue rising because of the rising water level in Lake Victoria, which end up Lake Kyoga through Ssezibwa river.