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.
The Ministry of Water and Environment
will allocate additional funds to deal with flood control measures in Kasese District.
In 2020 and 2021, floods hit Kasese killing over eight people, displacing others, and destroying numerous public facilities. Although most of the damage was caused by the effects of River Nyamwamba, there was also significant damage from River Nyamugasana, Mubuku, and Lhubiriha.
The Minister of State for Water and
Environment, Aisha Ssekindi says the Ministry will
urgently prioritize mobilizing more money to help the district expand flood
control interventions along major rivers.
She says her ministry has documented all the after-effects of the flooding and the current challenges. She adds that inadequate financial
support was given to the district to control possible disasters in the future.
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Ssekindi also pointed out that her ministry wants to
have an agreement with Obusinga Bwa Rwenzururu Cultural Institution on how they will collaborate
to improve environmental conservation.
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The Minister who was in Kasese to assess the status of
government interventions to restore River Nyamwamba said she was worried about the fate of the learners and patients
who are struggling to access health and education services after many infrastructures were destroyed.
The Kasese District LCV Eliphazi
Muhindo, said there is a need to have long-term interventions to mitigate flooding
in the region.
He wants the government to invest more
money in the intervention mechanisms and scale up the restoration of all major
rivers in the district.
The Permanent Secretary
in the ministry of water, Alfred Okot Okidi says that they will soon carry
out studies on the Rwenzori Mountains to establish among others the amount of
silt that will guide intervention plans and money required to implement flood interventions.