Heavy Rains Destroy Gardens in Kabale District

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In short
Milton Kwesiga, the Executive Director for Africa Disaster Reduction Research and Emergency Missions, a community based organization operating in Kabale District, faults government for failing to sensitize residents on how they can minimise disaster.

Hailstorm has devastated crop gardens in Maziba, Rwamucucu and Bukinda sub counties in Kabale District. The most affected areas include Kyigarama, Rugarama and Kahondo Parishes in Maziba Sub County and Noozi, Kitojo, Mparo, Nyarurambi, Ibumba, Ibugwe and Nyakagabagaba parishes in Rwamucuucu Sub County and Kandago parish in Bukinda Sub County.

 
According to residents, the areas experienced heavy rains on Saturday, Sunday through to Monday, which destroyed several gardens of beans, peas, Maize, sweet potatoes and banana plantations among other crops. The rains also cut off Maziba - Kahondo Bukinda road in Maziba Sub County as well as Kangondo-Noozi road in Rwamucuucu Sub County.
 
 
The rain also destroyed the homes of John Baryagaruka and Bernard Bizimana, both residents of Katukura cell in Kahondo parish. Bosco Byamugisha, a resident of Kanyakutana cell in Nyanja parish in Maziba Sub County, says rain started pounding the area on Saturday at around 09:00pm and destroyed his two acre sweet potato garden. He says unless government comes to their rescue, they are likely to experience famine.
 
 
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Cazimiri Gareeba, a resident of Kyigarama parish says that the heavy rain also destroyed Kigarama Gravity flow scheme, which was the only source of water in the parish. He wants Government to intervene and renovate the scheme to enable residents access safe water.



 
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Desiderius Biryomumaisho, the LC III Chairperson Maziba Sub County, says that the blockage of Maziba - Kahondo- Bukinda road has paralyzed movement to and from Kabale town. He wants the district to quickly intervene and open the roads.


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Eddie Mugisha, the Rwamucucu Sub County LC V Councilor, says several residents are finding it difficult to connect to some areas due to flooding.
 
 
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Milton Kwesiga, the Executive Director for Africa Disaster Reduction Research and Emergency Missions, a community based organization operating in Kabale District, faults government for failing to sensitize residents on how they can minimise disaster.

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Robertson Kansiime, the Kabale District Production Officer, says they are in the process of drafting a report for transmission to the Disaster Preparedness and Management Ministry to support the affected people.
 

 

About the author

Samuel Amanya
Samuel Amanya is the Kigezi Region URN bureau chief. Kabale, Kisoro, Kanungu and Rukungiri districts fall under his docket. Samuel Amanya has been a Uganda Radio Network reporter since August 2016. Before becoming a URN staff reporter, Amanya had written for the network for several years as a freelancer.


Amanya was also a Voice of Kigezi reporter from 2011 to 2016.


A journalism graduate from African College of Commerce Kabale, Amanya values his independence. Amanya says URN is a home for his talent because it lets him explore his journalistic interests without limits.

Amanya is fascinated by the crime beat and some of his best stories have come out of that interest. Amanya says he aims to be all round beat reporter.