Kasese LCV Chairperson Eliphazi Muhindi Bukombi says they are surprised that the government has changed its initial offer of 700 Million Shillings for the 200 acres of land required to resettle the IDPs to 500 million shillings for the same piece of land.
River Nyamwamba has in the recent past caused a lot of destruction and loss of lives as a result of flooding. The latest events resulted in the destruction of Kilembe Mines Hospital and left hundreds of area residents displaced.
Eliphazi Muhindi, the Kasese District LC V Chairperson told URN that in December last year, they called for bids from suitable sellers to express interests but many of the potential sellers did not satisfy the government standards. He also says that many others didn’t have the required 200 acres.
Yerusania Mukara the camp vice chairperson says the affected households have now shifted to a temporary classroom structure that was put up by UNICEF early this year for the learning of nursery-going children.
The Minister of State for Water and Environment, Aisha Ssekindi says the ministry will urgently prioritise mobilising for more money to help the district expand flood control interventions along major rivers.
WWF is implementing the midstream activities after signing a contract with the Ministry of Water and Environment and its activities include raising community awareness on environment conservation, riverbank stabilization, and supporting the livelihood of communities along the catchment area.
Moses Mwebasa, a farmer from Kabuga village, says that the floods swept through his five-acre garden. He said similar floods swept through the village in 2020, destroying crops, and several houses and permanently displacing some families.
The Chairperson WWF-Uganda Advisory Board Ambassador Philip Idro, says there is an over exploitation and destruction of the natural resources which paints a worrying trend that threatens the existence of humanity.
Tom Bazanye Kyobe, the AAPU President, says that they hope the equipment will go a long way to reduce the transport cost of ambulance services. He notes that the association is aware that many people who need ambulance services, especially during disasters are poor and unable to meet the cost.
In July last year, Prime Minister Robinah Nabbanja directed the Ministers of Luwero- Rwenzori Affairs, ICT and national guidance and Members of Parliament from Kasese to identify land to resettle the affected persons.
Kipura Zalot, the project coordinator, says that they have so far planted 500 trees in the first phase of the restoration project, adding that more than 300 others will be planted in this second phase.
Rose Muliwabyo Peluce, a farmer in Rukoki in Kasese municipality, says she recently lost over two acres of her sweet potatoes gardens worth over Shillings 4 million, saying that her attempts to get compensation have been in vain.
As part of the multi-billion Nyamwamba River Plan funded by the World Bank, the Ministry will create an emergency measure towards the river system, plant bamboo on river banks and install a flood forecasting and early warning system.
David Duli, the WWF Country Director, says that the mini-grid project covers 20 districts in the Albertine Rift. He explains that the area has the highest number of endemic species and a high diversity of eco-systems that need protection from environmental degradation.