FIVE PEOPLE DEAD IN RUKUNGIRI OVER FAMINE
By Barak Tukashaba
Five people are reported dead in Bwambara sub county, Rukungiri
district following the recent outbreak of famine in the rift valley
region in the district.
Hunger ravaged two parishes of Kikongi and Kikarara, both in Bwambara
Sub County as a result of the long dry spell that hit the area for the
last three seasons.
Those reported to have succumbed to hunger have been identified as Ruth Mugabiirwe , Ben Kakono both residents of Garuka cell, Wilson Kaparata of Nyakabungo B, Barnabas Tumuramye and the one only identified as Keijamahe all residents of Kifunjo Cell.
According to a report dated June 13th, compiled by the Bwambara sub
county Chief; Mr.Reuben Tucungwiire, copied to the district chief
administrative officer and LC5 Chairperson indicated that the
situation has forced close to 150 people to free their homes to
In Kikongi parish, all the 12 villages with a population of 5100
people and 1,153 households are severely affected, while in Kikarara
parish, all the nine villages with a total population of 5,400 people
and 1,110 households are also badly affected.
The situation has also affected primary schools’ attendance since
pupils cant study on empty stomachs.
Bwambara Sub County has been one of the food baskets of Rukungiri,
district and other neighboring districts, because of its comparative advantage
in the growing of many crops which include Rice, Ground nuts, Maize,
Millet, beans and many others; however it lies in the rift valley area
with sandy soils which have low water retaining capacity.
According to the Chairperson LC3, Mr. Enock Kabarebe, the sub county
is one of the most water stressed areas in the district with an
estimated population of 29,800 and about 6,800 households.
Gideon Ntunguura, the district councilor representing Bwambara sub county appeals to the government to put quick interventions in terms of relief items to contain the situation.
The Rukungiri district chairperson Anderson Katebire has confirmed the
reports of the deaths of people adding that he has reported the matter
to the office of the Prime minister, awaiting response.