The rains that pounded the district on Monday evening destroyed houses in Katiryo and Bukatikoko parishes in Kituti Sub County in Kibuku district. They also destroyed crops, killed animals and left many people injured.
Available statistics show that wetland coverage in Uganda has dropped from 37,346.3 Sq. Km in 1994 (15.5 percent) to 21,526.3 Sq.Km which is an 8.9 percent decrease. There is also a projection indicating that if the destruction trends are not checked, Uganda will be left with only 1.6 percent of wetlands cover by 2040.
"AFIEGO is not an NGO. It is a company. But AFIEGO staff do not constitute the non-profit company, a legal entity of its own that can sue and be sued. To be arrested for operating without a permit was therefore irregular," Bariyo says.
"So police is hiding these people from court because the charge against them cannot stand in court," he adds, "But if police thinks it has a good case, it should produce them in court and we defend them."
The landing site, which is located in Lukaya Town Council in Lwera wetland is the main fishing ground for Tilapia and catfish in the Kalungu district. But, it is currently clogged with heavy aquatic weeds, spreading over 200 meters into the lake.
The most affected roads are located in low lying areas near the shores of Lake Kyoga. They have been submerged with water for close to two years now. In the Serere district, more than ten roads have completely been cut off, making transport to areas like Atiira, Kagwara, Odapakol, Kateta and others very difficult.
Godfrey Ssemanda, a resident of Lambu landing site in Bukakata Sub County, indicates that dumping of the foreign plastic materials is frustrating their local efforts of collecting the waste materials for recycling because part of it remains stuck in the floating vegetation cover on the lake.
The rains and winds that started on Sunday night destroyed several banana plantations and houses, leaving over 300 residents homeless. The rains also blew off the roof of Busunga town council market and Busunga army barracks.
The pilot project has seen 25 villages, eight trading centres and selected public institutions that have not been not part of the national electricity grid in Lamwo district with more expected to be connected to the power grid.
Mackline Namiyingo, the Kakumiro District Environment Officer-DEO, says that the lockdown equally affected the supervision of wetlands, swamps and forest reserves, which saw hundreds of people invading the protected areas.
Lucy Akech, the LC I of Ogony Cell in Kweyo Ward, says that the waste from the abattoir flows straight to Ogony stream where residents fetch water for domestic use since there is no borehole or piped water in the area.
Elly Maate, police spokesperson for Kigezi region confirms the incident saying that after the discovery of the body a postmortem was done and they later handed it over to relatives for a decent burial. Maate warns the public to be careful while crossing floods or running waters.
The ugx35m-machine is a donation from Vi-Agroforestry, a development organisation fighting poverty and climate change in collaboration with farmer’s groups and organisations, advising and training farmers in sustainable agricultural land management.
Speaking at a meeting to mark the International Disaster Risk Reduction day on Wednesday, Prof. Virginia Murray, a scientist based at the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction said they have published the new Hazard Information Profiles to guide countries on decisions relating to different disasters that they are at risk of.