Jacob Kaharorwe, one of the displaced residents told URN that five acres of his land and gardens were all destroyed by mudslides. For people like Kaharorwe, home is no more, and the future looks bleak as they remain camped at Kiraro Primary School
Persons displaced by floods in Kasese District are asking the government to provide them with land for resettlement in the aftermath of a series of catastrophes that devastate the area last month.
Up to 9,000 people were displaced when major rivers including Nyamwamba and Mubuku burst their banks washing away gardens, homes, and key infrastructure across the district. Many of them are now struggling with no appropriate shelter, no food to eat, and for some, nowhere to go.
Jacob Kaharorwe, one of the displaced residents told URN that five acres of his land and gardens were all destroyed by mudslides. For people like Kaharorwe,
home is no more, and the future looks bleak as they remain camped at
Kiraro Primary School from where they are appealing for government
intervention to restore their livelihood.
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Cue out…and the slides.”//
Moses Masereka, a resident who lost four of his household members during the floods says he is afraid of returning to his land with such bad memories. He desires to resettle far away from a place he called home, to start a new life.
Sekalyombi, a resident of Kiraro, Kitholu sub-county says his land was
all covered by boulders which need mechanized support to enable him to
return for settlement. But given the nature and topography of the area,
he demands that the government considers relocating them to safer zones
in the district.
//Cue in; Ekyensaba etuymbe otuwe…
Cue out…tuve wano.”//
Evaline Muhindo, a mother of four remains in the camp with her children and husband after failing to erect a new structure. With
fear of what awaits her family, Muhindo says the only option is to be
helped to resettle elsewhere after mudslides covered all their land.
//Cue; “Embera esya tulimu...
Cue out…means zana hikala.”//
According to Januario Masekera, the Secretary Social Works at Kitholu sub-county over 100 households who lost both their properties and houses need to be resettled urgently. At least 34 households in his area were completely washed away while in 56 were partially destroyed leaving families on the edge.
With a possibility of more disasters, Masereka says that the government needs to identify a safer place of settlement for the affected people.
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Alfred Monday, a Red Cross volunteer working with displaced persons in Kiraro says due to the hard situation, including the lack of enough food and other amenities, those who have relatives are beginning to leave the camp. However, he is concerned with those who don’t have options.
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Cue out…to be resettled.”//
Rev. Fr. Modest Masereka Kasenyankwe from Kasese Catholic Diocese acknowledges the need for the government to support the displaced families to start afresh. He says most people lost their livelihoods are unable to raise on their own.
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Cue out…suffering with them.”//
Kasese District CAO Aggrey Winston Muramira who is also the chairperson
Disaster Management Committee says they have already submitted a report
to the government capturing the raised concerns.