GOVERNMENT RESPONDS TO THE DISASTER IN KASESE DISTRICT

Hon Peter Crossing Kitakena Bridge

After 2 days of Intensive visit to the most affected major infrastructure in the District, State Minister for Works Hon Peter Lokeris has promised government intervention to rectify the damages caused by the floods.  This followed the President’s visit on 20th May 2020 who according to the Minister, tasked all the relevant Ministries to make an immediate assessment of the damages caused by the floods that repeatedly occurred on 7th ,10th and 21st May  destructing a lot of property, government infrastructure and leaving over 10,000 people displaced .

Hon Peter Lokeris at Lhubiriha bridge meets with the security and Migration officers at the boarder.

During the brief meeting after the field visit with the Ministry of Works’ technical team led by the Director of Engineering and Engineer in Chief Eng. Samson Bagonza, UNRA technical staff, District technical staff and the Local leaders led by District Chairperson which took place at UNRA Kasese offices on 26th May 2020, the Minister promised Government intervention in 3 phases; 1. The Immediate Intervention which will focus on areas that are life threatening to take about 1-2 weeks, 2nd is the Midterm intervention to take like 3-4 months and long term interventions which will focus on making a detailed assessment and mitigating the problem right from the source.

The Minister also tasked the technical team to act swiftly to mitigate the calamities that are likely to raise out of the Disaster and he appreciated the affected communities for responding first to put temporary solutions to the problems especially the Isango Community in Kitholhu for the tireless effort to put up a temporary foot bridge.

Government response has been observed right from the first day the floods hit Kasese on 7th May 2020 where the minister for Disaster Management Hon. Musa Echweru came to Kasese to see the situation who later on delegated Brigadier General Stephen Oluka to support the District Disaster Management Committee and through him government was able to deliver relief items to the displaced people in the district and right on 20th May 2020, the head of state H.E Yoweri K. Museveni also came to Kasese to assess the situation and held a meeting with the district stakeholders focusing the disaster solutions .

The Minister has been able to reach 13 affected sites including Nyamugasani Bridge in Kiburara , Lhubiriha Bridge connecting Uganda to Congo, Isango Bridge connecting Karambi to Kitholhu Subcounty, Rwentare Bridge in Nyakatonzi, Kilembe Hospital , Kyanzuki Bridge in Bulembia, Kilembe Mines offices and mechanical  Workshop, Water intake plant for kilembe mines in Ibanda –    Nyakalenginjo  where a foot bridge was also swept, Ibanda- Kyanya Bridge where water swept the bridge approach and damaged the bridge abutment , Kitakena Bridge which was constructed after 2013 floods , Maliba- Kyanya road which was destructed by river  Mubuku and Kitakena when the floods merged at  Katindo village and Kyinyayobyo Armco culvert  Bridge in Karusandara .  In addition he made a courtesy visit to 2 camps in Maliba and Karusandara subcounty.

Though the Country is over whelmed with disasters, Kasese District appreciates the Government and development partners at local, national and international level for the tireless efforts to support the District to get through this and there is hope as the government continues to intervene.

Kabugho Sharon

Communication officer