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Residents Use Rudimentary Tools to Desilt R. 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.
Last week it took intervention of police to help a man who got stuck in the middle of Nyamwamba

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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 property destruction.  

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.  

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Kasese LC V Chairperson, Geoffrey Bigogo, says the government is yet to offer any direct intervention to address the desilting process.

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