By Joel Kaguta
in Kasese—
Kasese district leaders are confused following a Saturday Karambi disaster that left at least 1,200 people without accommodation.

On Saturday evening, a heavy down pour accompanied by a strong
windstorm hit Mirami I, Mirami II, Kyasenda I, Kyasenda II and Karambi
villages destroying completely 205 houses, forcing the occupants to
seek refuge from their neighbors.

Immediately after the incident, Karambi sub-county leadership headed
by Martin Masereka Balitebya relocated those without where to sleep to
Kamasasa primary school and Bwera water Head Offices at Karambi
sub-county headquarters.

When www.mknewslink.com reporter visited the area, the affected families were
found retrieving some family utensils that include sauce pans, plates,
clothes and important documents from the rubble.

Fenahasi Ndobya aged 73, a resident of Kyasenda I village who was
found counting the damages on his new permanent building, said that at
least shillings nine million had been spent to construct and roof the

Betty Biira Mughuda said that all the clothes for her children and
their baptism cards had been destroyed.

Her counterpart, Agnes Sibendire was found seated just helplessly
looking at her collapsed building and narrated that her land agreement
had been not seen in the rubbles.

Martin Masereka Balitebya, the LC3 chairperson said that looking at
the magnitude of the incident, the central government and
non-governmental organizations should come to peoples’ rescue.

Geoffrey Sibendire Thembo Bigogo, the Kasese District boss said that
he was in touch with all the area members of parliament to use all

their channels to convince the Minister of Disaster Preparedness to
visit the area and help the affected population.

Kasese Woman Member of Parliament who also doubles as the Leader of
Opposition, the Rt. Hon. Winfred Kiiza said that although parliament
was in a recess, she will still use other channels to lobby for the
people of Karambi.

Augustine Kooli, the District Environmental officer said that what
befell the area was a total disaster, asking the residents staying on
the prone hilly areas also to get prepared for more disasters as it
has been indicated by the National Meteorological Authority

Source: www.mknewslink.com a western Uganda news website

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