President, Yoweri Museveni has ordered all wetland encroachers across the country to vacate with immediate effect. Museveni issued the directive at a public rally at Rushoroza Seed Secondary School playground in Kihihi Sub County in Kanungu District on Wednesday afternoon.
He rushed to the area following wild spread cries of starvation in the district resulting from the prolonged dry spell. Several families in Kihihi, Nyamirama, Nyakinoni and Nyanga Sub Counties have been hit hard by the food crisis. At least fifteen people are said to have died over the last three months in the district due to starvation.
The food crisis has forced several families to resort to spear grass leaves and roots for survival from the dry spell. As a result, Museveni wants all wetland encroachers to vacate immediately. He explains that 40 percent of the rains in Uganda come from Swamps, most of which, have been drained by encroachers for cultivation and settlement.
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Museveni has also promised to establish a solar irrigation plant in Kihihi Sub County to help farmers to irrigate their crops.
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He donated one tone of maize seeds and five hundred and fifty bags of maize flour, one thousand bags of rice and one thousand bags of beans to the affected families. Museveni explained that the beans and rice will act as capital for planting when the rains start.
Chris Baryomunsi, the Housing State Minister and Kinkiizi West MP notes that the promise of providing an irrigation scheme is long overdue since people are starving.
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Moses Kaberuka, the Kinkiizi West MP, has asked the Agriculture Ministry to expedite the establishment of the solar irrigation, saying people are very miserable and should be helped to get back on their feet.
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Several districts across the country are grappling with a severe food crisis resulting from crop failure due to prolonged drought. The crisis was worsened by the fall arm worm outbreak, which destroyed the little crops people had planted.