Having heard the many reports on mass media about the floods in Kasese together with my colleagues at office we decided to spend our greater morning of Wednesday 14th May, 2014 in Kilembe. What is reported on television is just a clip of what took place in Kasese on Thursday 8th May 2014 The place that used to be home for many is filled with big stones and rocks. The Kilembe mines offices which used to be striking and confortable, is host of a river that washed away some structures. One could not resist the depressed faces of the residents who are living on hope that humanitarian aid and the government would come to rescue them from the situation.
|RWECO staff monitoring in Kilembe 14th May, 2014|
The most touching experience was at Katiri Primary school where the flood found the head teacher and primary seven pupils in class. The situation was so alarming that the head teacher and the pupils had to evacuate through the window. Under normal circumstances the windows were high for a human being to pass through but the little children managed to escape death amidst all the circumstances though they are now nursing browses. The courage of the children to reinstate their school was a great motivation for me as by 12th may 2014 morning the children were busy removing water and silt from the classes even without a formal call by the headmistress. The headmistress of Katiri primary school was encouraged by efforts of the pupils but however complained that the thieves broke the school cupboard to steal books and other relevant information of the school.
|Pupils of Katiri Primary School, wondering what next after the school was flooded. These pupils came to clean up on Monday with their Headteacher.|
Bulembia Primary school was the most affected school of all as the river burst its banks and washed away a 2 classroom block with all its furniture. Other classroom blocks were weakened by the water and the big question remain whether or not the school will be able to open on Monday 19th May, 2014 as other schools open.
It was shocking to also observe that part of the Kilembe mines offices were also washed away by the floods while the remaining part is hanging in the middle of the flowing river that burst its banks. In my view the offices are not safe for human settled because they were weakened by the floods. Also the road that was reconstructed a few months ago is the new course of river Nyamwamba, however on critical observation, tarmac on the drive way was just a small layer in a lay man’s language!!! . UNRA should do a value for money audit even when the road was washed away by the floods.
|Bulembia Primary school was totally washed away. Where will the children Go!!! Hope the Presidents visit to the affected families and institutions on Wednesday 14th May, 2014 will bring hope to the citizens.|
In my view the floods in Kilembe caused total destructruction which will not require renovation and relief aid but reconstruction to enable people continue living without having to worry about the next the rain. I have been humbled by the efforts of the local leaders of Kasese, Hima Cement and Hima Tibeti and CSO for their endavour to desilt the river as well as counsel the local population around Kilembe. Man should also be blamed for degrading the environment because of Human activities around the river banks, climate change have caused havoc to human life. The condition at Kilembe is a typical example of how climate change can affect human being and as citizen of Uganda we therefore need to protect our environment for a better tomorrow.
By RWECO Team
Sheila K & Gilbert m