Isaiah Thembo, the Kitooro Village LCI chairperson, says that they decided to mobilise themselves after witnessing volumes of water rising in the river that is still silted. He, however, says they have only managed to desilt a few sections of the river and still need support from the government.
Residents of base
camp and Kitooro cell in Kasese municipality have started desilting part
of River Nyamwamba using rudimentary tools after waiting for government
intervention in vain.
Residents picked up
hoes and spades to desilt the river following heavy rains that are battering
the district and have since led to the increase of the water levels in major
rivers in the district.
The increased water level
has prompted residents of Kizungu, Kanyangeya and Mwambuzi villages in Kasese
municipality to halt any development projects for fear of re-occurrence of
floods. River Nyamwamba burst its banks in May this year and caused a lot of
According to local leaders, during his visit to the area in June this year,
President, Yoweri Museveni promised quick government intervention but nothing
has been done to date. Last month, the Speaker of Parliament, Rebecca Kadaga
also asked the government to expedite plans of desilting River Nyamwamba.
Isaiah Thembo, the Kitooro Village LCI chairperson, says that they decided to
mobilise themselves after witnessing volumes of water rising in the river that is
still silted. He, however, says they have only managed to desilt a few
sections of the river and still need support from the government.
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Patrick Chan Happy, the area councillor says the community acted because of despair
because of the heavy rains but their effort may have minimal impact.
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Geoffrey Bwambale, one of the area residents, says several properties were
destroyed last week because of a minimal increase in the water volume. He asks
the government to find a lasting solution to the problem.
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Rosette Kyomugisha, another resident says they are currently spending sleepless
nights because of the heavy downpour during night hours. She wants the local
leadership to clear the river of all the debris that was left behind.