Government Delivers Relief Food to Rukungiri Families

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On Wednesday, a team from the Disaster Preparedness and Refugees Ministry delivered the relief food valued at Shillings 100 million. Andrewson Katebire, the Rukungiri LC V Chairperson welcomed the relief, saying residents have been surviving on pawpaw leaves.

Government has delivered 500 bags of rice to Bwambara Sub County in Rukungiri district. It follows a petition by more than 1000 residents from nine villages in Bwambara Sub County to the Rukungiri LC Chairperson crying for relief support due to the biting hunger in their area following the long dry spell.
 
 
In their June 13th, 2017 petition signed by the Sub county Chief, Reuben Tucungwiire and LC III Chairperson, Enock Kabarebe, the residents named five people they claimed had succumbed to hunger. They included Ruth Mugabiirwe and Ben Kakono, both residents of Garuka cell, Wilson Kaparata of Nyakabungo B cell, Barnabas Tumuramye and another only identified as Keijamahe, both from Kifunjo Cell.
 
 
Last week, Security Minister, Lt. Gen. Henry Tumukunde visited the area to assess the situation on ground. On Wednesday, a team from the Disaster Preparedness and Refugees Ministry delivered the relief food valued at Shillings 100 million. Andrewson Katebire, the Rukungiri LC V Chairperson welcomed the relief, saying residents have been surviving on pawpaw leaves.
 
 
He says they will start distributing the rice to the affected people this morning. Katebire however, says the famine has spread to other sub counties of Ruhinda, Nyakishenyi, Nyakagyeme and Bugangari. He appeals to government to consider providing food relief to people in those sub counties as well.
 
 
Martin Mugabi, the Rukungiri Resident District Commissioner, says Bwambara Sub County used to be the food basket for Rukungiri and other neighboring districts, because of its comparative advantage for growing many crops such as Rice, and Groundnuts, Maize, Millet, beans and many others.
 
Mugabi says the area lies in the rift valley area with sandy soils, which can't retain water for long. Severe famine has also been reported in Kihihi, Nyamirama, Nyakinoni and Nyanga sub counties in Kanungu district forcing residents to feed on spear grass, locally known as "omushojwa".