More than 300
people in Buikwe Rural Sub County in Buikwe district are out in the cold
following the destruction of their homes by heavy rains.
According to the
residents, the heavy rains destroyed about 30 houses and three classroom blocks
at Matale government primary school and a church. About 20 other houses are on
the verge of collapsing.
including six children and ten adults are admitted at Kawolo hospital with
serious bruises and fractures. Several plantations and gardens of banana,
maize, potatoes and cassava were also destroyed.
affected Kasuubi, Ssugu, Kirangira and Matale villages. Lawrence Miiro, the
Suggu-Kirangira LCI Chairperson says most of the residents are homeless because
their houses were completely destroyed. He says that most of the residents have
taken refuge in other people’s kitchens in the nearby villages.
//Cue in: “Kibuyaga yeyasoose…
Cue out: …yonna yasiguse”//
Kassimu Tamale, one of the children nursing injuries at Kawolo hospital, says
the rain tore apart the house where they had sought shelter.
//Cue in: “Enkuba yatunze…
Cue out: …ne mu kiwato”//
Lukwago, one of the affected residents, says the rains destroyed their house
they had just completed building two years ago. Sarah Mbuliiro, the Suggu
Village Women secretary appeals to the government to come to their rescue with some
tents for temporary shelter.
“Enkumba yazze mu…
Cue out: …babudamako awo”//
Mulinde, the Matale primary school headteacher, says the rains destroyed the
kindergarten, main hall and three classroom blocks. He says some of the
affected residents have occupied one of the blocks while the rest is being used
“We are already scared about this situation happening at a time
when cases of Covid-19 are increasing. The government should quickly come in to
help its people,” Mulinde noted. Mathias Kigingo, the Buikwe District LC V
Chairperson, says they have compiled a report for submission to the line
ministry and other humanitarian organizations for support.
Lydia Nakiguli, a resident at Buikwe appeals to the community members to resume
the practice of planting trees. She notes that most of the trees in the area
were cut in favour of sugarcane growing.