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Moses Serunjogi, the Kasensero Town Council LC 3 Chairperson, says the water levels increased in April and May due to the persistent downpour. Kasensero Police station was set up about 4 meters from the lake shores, which made susceptible to flooding.
06 Jun 2020 17:16
Kasensero Police station at a new location 100 meters from the lakeshore. photo by Davis Buyondo
The rising water levels in L. Victoria and River Kagera have submerged Kasensero Police station forcing the officers to vacate to safety. The Police station hosts several departments including the Child and Family Protection Unit, Criminal Investigations, Community Liaison, cell and Marine Police Unit.

 

Moses Serunjogi, the Kasensero Town Council LC 3 Chairperson, says the water levels increased in April and May due to the persistent downpour. Kasensero Police station was set up about 4 meters from the lake shores, which made susceptible to flooding.

  Judith Akello, the Kyotera District Police Commander, says the flash floods interfered with daily activities at the Police station forcing them to relocate temporarily. She explains that they shifted the Unipots about 100 meters away from the lake shores to allow them continue with their work.

  Muusa Mutima Bwanika, the Kasensero Central B Cell III Chairperson, says they had to look for a dry place for the police officers to operate from. He explains that the interference would allow crimes such as theft and robbery to thrive at the landing site and entire town council.  

He says they approached Evinali Ssendi, a prominent businessman who offered them a temporary site to host the police station until the situation normalises. The flash floods have also displaced over 1000 residents from three villages in Kagera ‘A’ parish. 

According to the town council LC 3 chairperson, more than 600 decent houses were submerged while several shacks have been washed away by the rapid floods from River Kagera. The floods trapped Kagera Cell 8, 10 and 12 in the middle displacing several residents. Kagera Cell 10 is the most affected by the floods. 

The affected residents have taken shelter in the town council and neighboring communities such as Kyebe and Gwanda. Francis Ssekiwunga, the Kagera Cell 8 LC I Chairperson was the last person to leave the village in mid-April. He says over 250 families evacuated on different days, adding that by May 20th only about 10 people had remained on the village.  

He says those who could afford took their valuables including fishing nets, boat engines, television sets, mattresses and livestock. In Kagera Cell 10, which is next to River Kagera, none of the residents remained behind. Yassin Ssentamu, the Kagera Cell 10 LC I Chairperson, says that more than 200 families shifted to Kasensero Central Cell III and Kimwanyi Cell 5, which still had dry areas.

Sarah Namaganda, a mother of three says they are finding a hard time to access some services such as sanitary facilities and clean water, adding that they virtually have to pay for everything service. Alex Bbanda is a landlord of more than 20 houses near Kagera River. He says that the majority of tenants abandoned the houses without paying rent.