In the zone, you are welcomed by empty houses that look abandoned by the owners, while others are flooded with water with no people in them. Although the area has more than 100 families, the area has been abandoned.
More than 100 families in Mpererwe Kikuubo zone in Kawempe Division have abandoned their homes due to heavy rains
that flood their houses. They have resorted to renting in other villages they
have shifted to.
In the zone, you are welcomed by empty houses that look abandoned by the
owners, while others are flooded with water with no people in them. Although the
area has more than 100 families, the area has been abandoned.
A large amount of water from the Nakamiro channel fings its way
into the houses. The 16 meter wide and 11km long Nakamiro channel is one of
Kampala’s secondary channels with about eight tertiary channels that feed it
directly from the communities of Kazo, Bwaise, Kawempe, Kalerwe and Kyebando among
One of the residents, Simon Mukasa, says that they always have sleepless nights
whenever it rains because their houses get flooded with water and their
properties get destroyed. This has forced many to shift to other areas.
Mukasa says that they need the concerned authorities to help them so that they
can get back into their houses with their families.
Joweria Nassolo, a landlord in the area says that three tenants of
his five houses were abandoned by the tenants when the heavy rains started. She
says that whenever it rains they cannot sleep.
According to Nassolo, they have appealed to KCCA to improve the drainage
system in the area.
“The tenants told me about the problem of the floods some time
back and I promised them that KCCA is yet to do proper drainage of the
channels,” Nassolo states.
Uthman Kaye another landlord blames Kawempe Division officials for
failing to come to their rescue despite many complaints raised to the division
He also says that some of the people who have residential houses
have abandoned them and sought to rent in different places due to floods.
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Maurine Nanyonga a resident says that dirty water enters their
make-shift houses, which are on the verge of collapsing. She says that whenever
it rains heavily, rubbish piles up and blocks water in the channel, water then
diverts into people’s houses.
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Lawrence Bakirabye the LC1 chairperson Mpererwe- Kikuubo zone wants
KCCA to improve the physical plans in the area by promoting proper housing and
drainage in the area to curb the effects that come with stormwater. Apart
from the channel being small, he says they also have accumulated large amounts
of sand and garbage.
Daniel NuwaAbaine, the spokesperson of KCCA says that they are plans
to de-silt most of the drainage channels in Kampala to curb flooding.