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300 billion required to de-silt river nyamwamba

The permanent secretary Ministry of Water and environment Mr. Alfred Okot Okidi has revealed that the ministry needs over 300 billion to de-silt the most dangerous river Nyamwamba in Kasese.

This to allow free flow of water during rainy days to possibly avoid any kind of flooding.

He revealed this in an interview shortly after a ministerial meeting held at multi-purpose Hall in Kasese Municipality to find lasting solutions for disasters in Kasese district.

Several Ministers from different departments of Water, Education, Minerals, Information and National guidance among others had camped in Kasese for two days to ascertain the magnitude of damage caused by floods and forge ways of finding lasting solutions to the problem.

The same Ministers and their technical staff converged at the multi-purpose Hall yesterday to compare notes on how floods can be compared in Kasese.

According to the Permanent secretary from the ministry of minerals, water and Environment Alfred Okot Okidi also revealed that cultivation in the river banks and burning of the vegetation have equally contributed to river flooding.

The permanent secretary Ministry of Water and environment Mr. Alfred Okot Okidi revealed that to have River Nyamwamba which is the most devastating water channel de-silted, the ministry needs more than 300 billion.

He adds that work is expected to start in October this year.

However the Woman Member of Parliament for Kasese district emphasized that a visit to the source of the rivers if the challenges associated with them are to be handled.

The State minister for Local Government Hon Businge Victoria Rusoke thanked the President through the office of the prime minister for being wise and decided to send a team of concerned ministries to find lasting solutions to the flooding of major rivers in Kasese district.

The third deputy prime Minister who presided over the inter-ministerial meeting pledged that whatever was talked about will be put to action.


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