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Kasese IDPs Launch Desilting of River Nyamwamba Using their Hands

Enock Mbusa a flood victim says they are baffled by government’s slow response towards providing a permanent solution to the flooding situation despite numerous pledges to intervene.
River Nyamwamba that is affected by the copper residues

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Internally displaced persons staying at Kanyangeya primary school and humanist school camps in Kasese municipality have manually channeled river Nyamwamba away from its path in attempt to stop the river from flooding into the camps.

The residents say government has delayed to respond to their call to desilt the river and re-channel its course after years of destroying their homes.

They allege that since the government has failed to resettle them they have resolved to put up community interventions to re-channel the river in anticipation of more rains.

The Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Water and Environment Alfred Okot Okidi last month disclosed that the government needs 300 billion shillings to de-silt River Nyamwamba.

Enock Mbusa, a flood victim says they are baffled by government’s slow response towards providing a permanent solution to the flooding situation despite numerous pledges to intervene.

He says they lack information in regard to where the processes of re-locating them have reached.

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Joseph Mugerwa says their action should remind government of their pledge to desilt the river and provide a permanent resettlement place for the victims. 

He says the community had  a lot of expectations following a number of dignitaries and ministers visiting the area after the May floods but to their surprise the status has remained the same.

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Phiona Natukunda another victim is frustrated that political leaders who only give them attention during the election season and once they ascend to power they lose interest in their problems and start treating them like 'kasasiro' (rubbish).

She wants government to actively provide a solution.

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The Kasese district chairperson Eriphazi Muhindi blamed the delay on government bureaucracy in the de-silting process but also called for calm among the aggrieved residents.

He adds that the resettlement plan is still underway as directed by the prime minister Robina Nabanja when she visited the district in July. 

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