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The flooding of rivers in Kasese is likely to be addressed once for all

The third deputy Prime Minister Hon. Nakadama Rukiah has learnt that most schools that were destroyed by floods were constructed in swamps and some along river banks.

She has blamed this on the district technical team behind the erection of such infrastructure.

This as she was inspecting the extent of damage caused by floods and finding a lasting solution for the problems in Kasese district.

Today an envoy from several ministries including, the minister works and transport Musa Ecweru, the ministers of state for Energy Peter Lokarisi, Minister of state for ICT and national guidance Godfrey Kabyanga and the executive director UNRA H Ellen Kagina , Ministry of Water and environment, Education and sports among others embarked on a trip to visit six rivers in Kasese that have always caused havoc during the rainy season.

Among the delegation was the third Deputy Prime Minister Hon. Nakadama Rukiah who among her observations was the fact that most schools in Kasese are constructed in swamps which in turn get easily broken during the floods.

Nakadama says if schools are to be re-constructed there is a need for finding new pieces of land.

While much attention has been given to River Nyamwamba, many more dangerous rivers including; Nyamughasani, River Lhubiriha, River Thaku, River Mubuku and and River Sebwe exist and also need to be worked on.

The state minister for works and transport Musa Ecweru has said the Kasese river floods disasters will be addressed once and for all now that the prime minister has ordered line ministries concerned to come to the ground to take part in the damage assessing exercise.

Ecweru said the interminsterial team of 6 ministries is headed by the 3rd deputy prime minister and minister without portfolio Rukia Nakadama who lead yet another team to other rivers causing similar mayhem to communities around the district.

The state minister for ICT and national guidance Godfrey Kabyanga who guided the team of ministers and technocrats as former mayor of Kasese Municipality in which the river caused much damage said he believes with the hands on system of work and now the team of fishermen, the problem of Kasese river disasters will be history.

Kabyanga said since 2013 when the river started flooding in Kasese, a lot has been lost when government repairs and again the river damages.He said the government needs to count the losses and find a lasting solution to the river problem.

The area Member of Parliament Busongora County north Gedion Mujungu said the delay in addressing the problem of the rivers in Kasese was lack of commitment by the technical team to present a report to the president as required.

Meanwhile Fred Kyakunye  the manager of Kilembe mines limited whose infrastructure has completely been diver stated by the river called for government immediate intervention to secure the remaining company assets and mineral deposits worth billions of dollars.

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