Residents of Elegu Township in Amuru district have petitioned
the State Minister for Works, Musa Ecweru over the delayed expansion of the
bank of River Unyama to avert flooding.
In 2019, the government through the Ministry of
Works signed a tripartite deal of Worth Shillings 1.9billion to expand the
banks of River Unyama, which has over the years been prone to flooding. Signatories to the deal are Trademark East
Africa, Ministry of Trade Industry and Cooperatives and Amuru district.
However, to date there is nothing on the ground. The
area continues suffering flash floods especially during rainy seasons. Last
year, eight people died and property worth millions of Shillings perished in
Elegu Township with a population of more than 13,000 people
is one of Uganda`s business hubs and entry point for the East African countries
into South Sudan. Residents in the area say that they are currently
living in fear of destruction and deaths due to the resurgence of heavy rains,
which started last month.
Janet Lakot, a resident of Lorikwor East, which is
greatly affected by the flooding, says that they are not happy by the
government`s delay to expand the banks of River Unyama and creating a
diversion. She noted that residents have continued to live in fear of
destruction and damage whenever it rains.
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Richard Fakuru, another resident tasked Ecweru and
his team to expedite the works in order to save them since they have no other
place to relocate too. The residents presented their petition to the Minister
and a team of engineers during their visit over the weekend to the affected
area to assess the extent of the damage caused over the years and how best the
flooding can be controlled.
They also raised concern of the poor health
conditions in the area, which have seem diseases such as dysentery, scabies,
skin rashes and cholera reoccurring. In his response, Ecweru said his first task was to assess the
situation so that he can present a better report to the government for