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Bosco Oryem, a Boda boda rider and resident of Mucwini trading center in Mucwini Sub County told URN in an interview on Thursday that half of the 2,000 pieces of bricks he had laid have been destroyed by rain.
youth sort out some of the bricks damaged by rains in gang dyang in pandwong division kitgum municipality. photo by julius ocungi

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The unexpected early rainfall has taken a huge toll on brick makers in Kitgum district. 

Several people, mostly youth engage in molding bricks for construction and sale during dry season.  

However, those who embarked on the initiative, says the early rains that have been pounding the area for the last two weeks have destroyed most of their bricks.

 

Bosco Oryem, a Boda boda rider and resident of Mucwini trading center in Mucwini Sub County told URN in an interview on Thursday that half of the 2,000 pieces of bricks he had laid have been destroyed by rain.

He says unlike other seasons where rain doesn’t affect the business of brick laying, it has been a surprise to experience such heavy rains between January and February.

Oryem notes that he had injected Shillings 400,000 into the venture hoping to use to the proceeds to purchase a motorcycle and livestock.

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He however says the destruction has now shattered his hopes. Joseph Komakech Ocaya, a resident of Lulojo cell in Pandwong division says his son had molded 3,000 bricks but most of them were destroyed by rain last week.

He says his son had wanted to use the bricks to build a house for his family but the dreams have now been shattered.

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Denis Opoka, a resident of Bajere south village in Lamit parish in Labongo Akwang Sub County shares a similar plight. 

Opoka says he had already spent Shillings 240,000 to mold 12,000 out of the 20,000 bricks he needed for constructing a family house. He however, says all the bricks were destroyed by heavy rainfall. 

Opoka says that he had expected to use part of the money from the sale of the bricks to pay school fees for his children and settle household obligations.

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He now says his plans are to start planting crops early to rescue him from the loses he incurred. 

Patrick Ojera, a mason in Kitgum municipality says there is likely going to be brick crisis coupled with hiked prices since many brick layers suffered the same problems. 

A piece of brick is currently costs between Shillings 120 to 150. Besides affecting brick molding, the early rains have also affected the harvest of crops in the region especially sorghum and potatoes from gardens. 

Uganda National Metrological Authority officials disclosed early this week that heavy rain is expected to cease in the next one week while other regions will still receive it for about two weeks. 

They says the rains are as a result of climate variability and warn farmers against planting crops.