The opposition Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) party has officially launched a campaign dubbed “Restoring Hope and Lives” to aid the people of Kasese and Bundibugyo districts who were recently affected by floods and landslides when rivers Nyamwamba, Lhubiriha, Nyamugasane and Mubuku burst their banks.
While launching the campaign at party headquarters in Kampala on Monday, the FDC President Patrick Amuriat Oboi called on Ugandans to contribute relief items such as food, clothing, blankets among others which will be delivered to the affected persons.
“The Forum for Democratic Change would like to commiserate with our brothers and sisters from Kasese and Bundibugyo who have been devastated by the floods. We also sympathize with all other Ugandans affected by floods and rising levels in our water bodies,” said Amuriat.
Eight people were reported to have been killed by the floods.
The floods destroyed Kilembe Mines Hospital, bridges connecting villages in Kilembe, Karambi, Bugoye, Maliba, Mpondwe, Lhubiriha Town Council among others.
Oboi says the FDC Task Force will be making written appeals and will be happy to collect assistance from well-wishers. The first consignment of support he says will be reaching the victims of this natural catastrophe before the end of this week.
The relief will be managed by FDC National Task Force headed by Rukungiri Municipality legislator Roland Kaginda Mugume and deputised by Busongora County North Member of Parliament William Nzoghu.
Other members include Buhweju County MP and Parliamentary Commissioner Francis Mwijukye, FDC Deputy Secretary General Harold Kaijja, Fred Turyamuhweza and Harold Tony Muhindo.