Wednesday, 5 February 2014

Drought hits some parts of Kasese District

By; Thembo Kahungu 

At least 400 households in Kinyabakazi village, Muhokya sub-county in Kasese district have petitioned the district leadership to intervene as the area is at the brink of hunger.
The situation is as a result of the prolonged drought that has hit different parts of Kasese leading to drying up of the crops in gardens.
This morning, a three man delegation handed the petition to the district Chairman Lt. Col Mawa Muhindo asking for immediate intervention in terms of food relief.
Team leader Christopher Bwambale says that more than a half of the affected families do not know the source of their meals in the next three days.
Bwambale says that currently, most families depend on only one meal whereby they prefer supper as they retire for sleep.
He says that all the crops they cultivated in October last year were hit by too much drought which has extended into 2014.

Kinyabakazi village in the recent years was known as a basket for beans, cassava, groundnuts and maize but the whole area is currently bare without green vegetation and trees.
The district chairman says that several reports have reached his office from other areas of Lyamibuza in Muhokya sub-county, Kabirizi in Lake Katwe sub-county and Katholhu in Nyakiyumbu sub-county.

Lt. Col. Mawa says that the district leadership cannot manage to intervene materially but would inform the office of the prime minister for relief support.
He has instructed the Assistant Chief Administrative Officer in charge of production Wilson Asaba to lead a team of technical staff to assess the situation.
This afternoon, the district team has set off for Lyamibuza to carry out the assessment before a report is sent to the OPM.