Stephen Bebwa, the Ishongorero Sub-county chairperson several gardens of cassava, beans, maize, peas and banana plantations were destroyed. He says they have started compiling a report on the extent are the damages to seek the intervention of the government.
Nuwagira says Ibanda district has lost to encroachers several wetlands measuring about 1,500 hectares that include Rwanyabihuka in Kijongo Sub County, Ndoragi, Kemitozo and Ntungamo in Nyabuhikye Sub County, Kabobo, Mpunda and Katembe in Rukiri Sub County and Rushango in Nyamarebe sub county.
The two facilities have encroached on Nyabukurungu wetland along Ibanda-Mbarara road and on banks of river Mpanga respectively. Ibanda District Environmental Officer Tom Nuwagira says that the prison authorities have on several occasions been told to refrain from destructing the wetland in vain.
The area has in the recent past received heavy rains characterized by stormy winds and thunderstorms which destroyed houses, crop gardens and blocked major roads. The rains triggered landslides in the villages of Mabanga and Katooma in Kagongo division, Ibanda Municipality.
18 families are stranded in Rukiiri Sub County after the authorities in Ibanda district ordered them to leave their homes immediately. Kajwengye, the district boss, insists that the families should go and live with their relatives since both the disaster ministry and the district have no money to resettle them to a safer place.