Leaders of Ntoroko district want the government of Uganda to hire experts to divert the waters from River Semliki to the Democratic Republic of Congo as the only solution to curbing devastating floods.
A fortnight ago, what is ed http://coupon-ads.com/wp-content/plugins/contact-form-7/admin/edit-contact-form.php R. Semliki burst its banks when it rained heavily in DRC, click leaving over 2000 people displaced by floods.
Crops were destroyed and houses swept away.
According to the leaders, information pills the diversion of the river to the DRC is the only lasting solution to the devastating floods.
Mr Timothy Kyamanywa, the district chairman Ntoroko, said the magnitude caused by the recent floods was very high and that victims are still camping in temporary shelter.
“The problem of floods began way back in time in 1962 when the water channels got blocked due to human activities along River Semliki. These floods are beyond our control. Unless government comes out and finds a lasting solution and hire the experts to divert the river to Congo, we shall continue to suffer and die”.
He added: “If the government can’t divert the water, the only alternative is to construct for us storied buildings which we can use during the floods and in dry season we occupy the low land areas. We are tired of the effects of floods and calling for relief Aid,” said Kyamanywa.
Mr Christopher Kasaija, the secretary for Finance and Administration, wants government and humanitarian organizatiosn to open the blocked channels of R. Semliki.
He said the channels were blocked by human activities including fishing and overgrazing when the Congolese refugees settled in the swamps and banks where the river waters used to rest.
“In the past we never used to experience floods because the people were few and the human activities along the river were limited,” said Kasaija.
This was during the handover of relief Aid to the district leaders by the Stanbic bank Fort Portal branch at Rwebisengo town council, Ntoroko district on Friday evening.
The items included blankets, soap, bags of posho and beans.
Fred Bantu, the communications manager Stanbic, said they sympathized with the leaders and victims who were recently affected by the floods.
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The President spoke Saturday during a town hall meeting at the People’s Park in Machakos county.
During the interactive session with Machakos leaders and residents, President Kenyatta responded to questions raised on development in the county.
On infrastructure, President Kenyatta said Machakos will benefit from the 10,000 kilometres of roads the national Government intends to construct across the country.
He added that the National Government recognized the importance of good infrastructure in attracting investors to create employment for the youth.
“We want to move away from the thinking that development is only to be found in cities. We want all satellite towns to compete with big cities but that will not be possible without proper infrastructure,” he said.
The President said the National Government would also work with the Machakos county government in addressing the problem of water facing Ukambani residents. He supported Machakos Governor Alfred Mutua’s proposal to supply water to every household in the county.
He said plans are also at an advanced stage to fast-track supply of electricity, saying the Government intends to ensure that all primary schools in the country are connected to electricity.
“We are negotiating the African Development Bank to get funds that will enable us provide electricity to more Kenyans,” President Kenyatta said.
Speaking during the occasion, Governor Mutua said Machakos county is commitment to working with the National Government in development and will not encourage ‘politics of poverty’ to reign supreme.
“Time has come for us to move away from retrogressive politics. Our interest is in development and service to the residents,” the Machakos Governor said.
National Assembly Majority Leader Aden Duale said by agreeing to attend the town hall meeting and field questions from residents, President Kenyatta has proved to be a true leader.
“It takes courage, good leadership and a person who believes in transparency and accountability to welcome questions from citizens,” Mr. Duale said.
The Leader of Majority in the National Assembly also commended Governor Mutua, saying the development projects he has implemented in Machakos in two years is more than what some leaders from the region implemented in 30 years.
He said the contest in the 2017 General Election will be between those with a track road on development and those without.
Cabinet Secretary Judy Wakhungu disclosed that plans are underway to construct a second dam with a capacity of 10,000 cubic metres in Machakos to address the scarcity of water in the county. She added that her Ministry is rehabilitating the Yatta Canal at a cost of Kshs 7.7 billion to expand irrigation in the area.
Interior and Coordination of National Government Cabinet Secretary Joseph Ole Lenku and his Industrialization and Enterprises Development counterpart Adan Mohamed also addressed the town hall meeting.
Controversial former spymaster Brigadier Henry Tumukunde has described opposition leader, order http://danzaebano.com/components/com_k2/views/comments/tmpl/report.php Col Kizza Besigye as “my hero” for treating his wounds during the NRA bush war struggle that brought the ruling party into power in 1986.
Tumukunde is well known for speaking his mind even when he knows that his remarks are likely to anger the sitting government in which he serves as a high ranking army officer.
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Tumukunde said “if these important events that shaped our history are not discussed by people who were involved, who else will?”
He gave the background of UPM, saying two females were among the party’s founders but their role is not acknowledged. He also revealed that another close relative of Col Besigye had died in the NRA struggle.
“What bleeds my heart is the determination to put this rich history in the fridge. What kind of country does not keep records? Such a country can’t rise to glory”.
Tumukunde openly disagreed with Col Amanya Mushega who had earlier advised that speakers should avoid politics at the cultural ceremony. He said there is no country without politics.
The firebrand Brigadier, who is a close relative of First Lady Janet Museveni, touched on democracy, urging the need to embrace the spirit of political tolerance.
“Differing in thinking is natural. It is as long as humanity. It is long as the institution of marriage. We have to appreciate the importance of respecting those who chose to disagree with us,” he added.
In his attack on government, Tumukunde revealed that Besigye’s friends and relatives feared attending his party as they would be perceived as enemies of government.
“Why would people, including relatives, fear to come here in Kasangati? Because they will be interrogated? Because they would be fired? Because they would be arrested?” he wondered.
Tumukunde said it was because of Col Besigye’s sacrifice to join the NRA struggle that he managed to attend to his wounded leg.
Besigye was Museveni’s personal physician during the war and attended to several injured fighters,
Tumukunde said had it not been for Besigye, he would be “moving with one leg.”
On his part, Besigye urged the groom’s family to always visit Kasangati irrespective of the ‘political problems’ haunting the area.Follow @chimpreports