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.
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.
instructed the Assistant Chief Administrative Officer in charge of
production Wilson Asaba to lead a team of technical staff to assess the
This afternoon, the district team has set off for Lyamibuza to carry out the assessment before a report is sent to the OPM.