River Nyamwamba spills wrath
By B. Masereka
Property and infrastructure worth billions of shillings has been lost after rivers in Kasese district burst their banks and destroyed roads, houses and bridges in various parts.
Areas affected by the floods include Kilembe and Nyakasanga in Kasese municipality where homes, hospital and schools have been submerged.
Godfrey Kabyanga, the Kasese mayor, said: “River Nyamwamba burst its banks and spread all over Kilembe Mines quarters.”
He said that most houses in Nyamwamba division, had collapsed. In Busongora County North, River Mubuku, which serves three hydropower stations also caused a lot of damage in Maliba and Bugoye sub-counties.
Aprunale Bwambale, the Bugoye LC3 chairman, said Rwakingi-Ruboni tourists’ road has been damaged.
He said Ruboni bridge that connects Muhinga and Ruboni villages had been swept away.
“There is no sign that there was any bridge on River Ruboni and people are now stranded. We have no capacity to put a provision and it is still raining in the mountains,” Bwambale lamented.
Maliba sub-county suffered a double loss along the Maliba-Kyanya road after R. Mubuku cut off the road when it changed its course to join river Kitakena.
All the three hydro-power stations on River Mubuku have knocked out.
The power stations include Kilembe Mines Mubuku I, Tronder Power Limited Mubuku II and Kasese Cobalt Company Mubuku III.
The resident district commissioner, Milton Odongo, said there are fears that the death toll may increase as some people are still missing.