Juliet Namakula, one of the affected residents blames the Chinese Investors of Zhong Rice Estates; currently operating in Lwera, for interfering with the Lake Victoria shorelines as they draw water for irrigating their plantations.
At least 80 families at Kamuwunga landing site in Kalungu district
have been displaced by floods.
The area is experiencing flooding caused by rain and overflows
from Lake Victoria shorelines.
Joseph Kizza, the Kamuwunga LCI Chairperson says that part of the landing
site that has been habitable is being swallowed by water, affecting human
He explains that during the rainy season, the water levels in the
lake have been rising and only covers a few meters from the shoreline, but to
their surprise, the waters have now crossed its usual boundaries into people’s
homes and plantations.
Kizza attributes the current heavy flooding to the massive destruction of Lwera
wetland which was replaced with rice fields and sand mines.
Juliet Namakula, one of the affected residents, says she has settled in the area for over fifteen years and
has never been displaced by flooding.
She blames the Chinese Investors of Zhong Rice Estates; currently
operating in Lwera, for interfering with the Lake Victoria shorelines as they
draw water for irrigating their plantations.
//Cue in “plot twazigula….
Cue out; …amazzi ago
Hussein Bimba and Ronald Ssemanda the sanitation Secretary and
Vice-Chairperson of the landing site respectively want the government to
consider their area for a contingency plan under which the affected persons can
be resettled in the meantime.
He notes that the flooded area has become a breeding place for
mosquitoes, putting the residents at risk.
//Cue in: “nze Bimba Hussein…..
Sarah Nanyanzi, the Kalungu District Deputy Resident Commissioner
has advised the affected residents to voluntarily vacate the flooded area.
She says that many of the affected residents settled within the
water catchment area of Lake Victoria where they encroached against the advice of
the district environment authorities.
Kamuwunga becomes the latest landing site whose existence is
threatened by flooding water in Kalungu district; the others are Bulingo and
Kalagala fishing villages while in Masaka district, Kaziru, Kachanga and Mumpu
villages were also flooded early this month after lake Victoria burst its banks
due to increase in water levels.