For the last one week, areas within Gulu City and other surrounding areas have been experiencing heavy rainfall hence destroying the already molded and stacked bricks as well as interrupting those who intended to venture into the business.
Brickmakers in Gulu City are counting losses due to the persistent heavy rainfalls in the
Brick-making is a lucrative business and source of income among the youths and
a section of women, it starts majorly at the onset of the dry season in the
month of October until in late March when the area starts receiving rainfall.
This year, many people ventured into the business by digging up the ground for
making bricks while others had gone ahead to laying thousands of bricks at the
beginning of October when the areas started experiencing sunshine.
The dealers engage in molding bricks for construction and sale during the dry
However, many of the dealers who had already injected money and started the
business have been puzzled and left incurring losses following a resurgence of
heavy rainfall pounding the area for the last one month, they say this was the
For the last one week, areas within Gulu City and other surrounding areas have
been experiencing heavy rainfall hence destroying the already molded and
stacked bricks as well as interrupting those who intended to venture into the business.
Polycarp Ogenrwot, a student at Gulu Secondary School and resident of Pece
Pawel in Pece-Laroo division has already molded 72,000 bricks but at least half
of them were over the weekend destroyed by the heavy downpour.
Ogenrwot says that he had already injected 180,000 Shillings into the business
and was hoping to raise at least two million shillings which would cater for
his school fees but all these have gone to waste.
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Florence Amony, a mother of four children a resident of Pece Pawel Central in
Laroo Pece division also early this month injected over 500,000 Shillings into
She had already molded 2,600 pieces of bricks but all of them were destroyed by
the unexpected heavy rainfall last week.
Amony is worried because she borrowed the money from a money lending
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Walter Banya, another dealer who has been in the
business for over ten years says he is puzzled by the persistent heavy rainfall
being experienced yet it has not been the case before.
Banya has equally lost more than 810,000 Shillings which he had used to pay his
helpers, buy water, buy firewood to mold the more than 500,000 bricks only for
them to be destroyed by the unexpected rainfall.
Being under-educated, Banya says that he relies on information over the radio
about weather and climate changes noting that he is not aware of any other
source to get weather information.
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A piece of brick in Gulu city costs 170,000 to 250,000 Shillings.
Lillian Nkwenge, the Principal of Public Relations for the Uganda National
Meteorological Authority (UNMA) advised the brick makers to embrace the use of
the Weather Information Dissemination System
WIDS is an Application developed by UNMA in partnership with Makerere
University to help ordinary users to monitor weather forecasts.
Emmy Daniel Ojara is a young journalist and has been practicing since 2013, during which he covered land rights violation in the contested Apaa and Lakang in Amuru as his first take ups while at Gulu Fm, Favor Fm and later Paidha Fm and Speak Fm where he is still attached.
Human rights abuses and denied access to land by security and government agencies has been the major aftermath of the contest over the lands. The underprivileged such as women, children and the elderly faced challenges in accessing soc