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“I survived death narrowly from my house when the walls fell during heavy rain on Uhuru day. Since then, I have been sleeping in the office. I only cook food in that hollow structure because there’s no space in the office area”, the officer who preferred anonymity said.
A man jumps the flooded area to access CPS Kapelebyong offices.
Several police officers at Kapelebyong Central Police Station whose houses were washed away by heavy rains have converted their offices into accommodation space. Our reporter visited the police station on Monday afternoon and found an officer taking a nap in the detective’s room.

“I survived death narrowly from my house when the walls fell during heavy rain on Uhuru day. Since then, I have been sleeping in the office. I only cook food in that hollow structure because there’s no space in the office area”, the officer who preferred anonymity said.

The officer revealed that four other colleagues share the same predicament with him since their houses were also submerged.  Some of the officers whose houses were submerged have since relocated from the barracks into rented rooms in Kapelebyong Town.  The only officers left in the barracks are those living in Police Uniports, whose grounds are a bit raised.

Water submerged the Police Office block forcing officers to wear gumboots to access their offices. The pit latrines are now inaccessible. Officers with children are now forced to use sanitary facilities in the neighbouring communities.

Romeo Onek, the Kapelebyong District Police Commander, says he has communicated to the relevant authorities for possible assistance since the situation is worsening with the increasing rains. However, the situation isn’t unique to Kapelebyong Police station alone.

At Kapelebyong HC1V, almost all the structures have been submerged limiting access to pedestrians. Angella Akurut, the Kapelebyong Chief Administrative Officer, says that they are now using boats to deliver especially health services to the sub-counties of Okunguro, Acinga and parts of Alito because of the poor road network caused by rains.  

She notes that the situation is getting worse every time it rains. “Currently, staff cannot access the new administrative block because the road is impassable. As a new district, we don’t have road equipment to help fix some of the roads for the communities to use”, she said.

Apart from Acinga Bridge where UNRA has improvised a boat to help people cross, in Ajeleik Bridge, volunteers especially children have pitched camp around the area to help carry people across at a cost.

The rains have also displaced more than 200 households across the district and destroyed several crop gardens.  Agnes Atayo, a resident of Adepar Village in Acinga Sub County, says she is stuck with seven children after rainwater washed away their house and destroyed their crops.