Floods have destroyed several
homes in Kicwamba Sub County in Kabarole district leaving residents in fear. The
floods occurred after River Mitomi burst its banks following a heavy downpour
Over 100 homes are estimated to have been affected by the
Residents say this is the first they are experiencing destruction
of this magnitude. The floods destroyed crop gardens, homes and merchandise
among other property.
Christopher Kaahwa, a resident of Kihondo village in Kicwamba
Sub County, says that his radio, phone and other property was washed away by
//Cue in: “Hati amaizi gakatera…
Cue out… those were swept off.”//
Sam Mugume, another resident says water entered his shop and
destroyed most of the goods that were on the floor like Cassava flour, wheat,
books, rice and sugar among others.
Charles Businge, the Kicwamba Sub County LC III chairperson,
says that their hearts will only be at peace when a technical team visits the
//Cue in: “Tuli mukutina muno…
Cue out… ihano elikusana liti,”//
reporter visited the area and found residents
still removing mud from their houses using hoes and spades.
group of leaders and technical staff from Kabarole District led by the Chairman
LCV, Richard Rwabuhinga visited the affected residents on Monday and moved
along the river to establish the cause of the floods and find a solution to the
While on ground, it was discovered that there was heavy
encroachment on the river bunks. Some of the mature eucalyptus trees that had
been planted along the river banks had fallen into the river thereby blocking
water from flowing smoothly.
According to Kabarole District Natural Resources Officer,
Godfrey Ruyonga, the activities along the river were the major cause of the
floods because they have tampered with the flow of water.
//Cue in: “Twagamba emiti nungi…
Cue out… kyona nikigwa mukisaru.”//
Ruyonga also observed the river had emergency
over flow channels, which have been encroached on by residents. He said that
this was very dangerous because these outlets were meant to divert the running
water from the main river to reduce its pressure.
As a way forward, the natural resources officer promised to
return to the area with a technical team to measure the exact points where new
over flow outlets can be established so that flooding doesn’t happen again.
Rwabuhinga, the Kabarole LC V chairperson, asked the residents to remain calm,
saying he will write to the Office of the Prime Minister informing him about
the disaster and for relief aid.