BY ZALIMON BASIGHALHA (GOODLUCK)
The Office of the President of the Republic of Uganda has fulfilled his pledge of contributing to the grieved families of people that were killed by the September 7, 2022 mudslides that hit Kasika village in Rukoki Sub County, Kasese district.
On Saturday, a delegation from the Office of the Prime Minister, Rt. Hon. Robinah Nabbanja, led by the State Minister for Kampala Capital City and Metropolitan Affair, Mr. Kyofatogabye Kabuye and the Minister of State for ICT and National Guidance, Godfrey Baluku Kabbyanga Kime delivered a cash of shillings 30 million to two families that lost their loved dear ones to the catastrophic mudslides in Kasika village.
They include the family of the Late Solomon Baluku Mwanamwolho that lost three of their family members including Solomon Baluku Mwanamwolho, his wife Sylvia Kyakimwa and their child Mereliano Biira, who were buried in Mirami I village, Karambi Sub County in Bukonzo County West; and the family of Jackson Bwambale of Nyakalango Cell in Ibanda-Kyanya Town Council in Busongora County North that lost three children including Meresi Mbambu aged 4, Teddy Kabugho aged 6 and Brenda Biira aged 8.
For each deceased person, five million was contributed by the President of the Republic of Uganda, His Excellence Yoweri Kaguta Museveni Tibuhaburwa to aid in the burial arrangements.
While for the seven injured victims, a support of 1 million was contributed to each towards their medical bill facilitation.
Pimao Paul Mwanamwolho, in a brief family report read to the delegation indicated that the perished family left behind three other children that are now vulnerable. They include Paul Mumbere, a Senior Two student at Kizinda Parents High School in Bushenyi, Imelda Muhindo, a P.6 pupil and Tom Masereka, a P.2 pupil both at New Hope Nursery and Primary School in Rukoki Sub County.
Responding to the family report, Hon. Kabbyanga pledged to support Mumbere, a Senior Two student with schools fees for one year.
At Mirami in Karambi Sub County, January Mwanamwolho received the contribution since he was chosen by the family members to take control of his late brother’s family, while at Nyakalango in Ibanda-Kyanya Town Council the contribution was handed over to Jackson Bwambale and his wife Esther Kyakimwa Katusabe, the parents to the deceased children.
The President’s contribution to the two grieved families in Karambi and Ibanda-Kyanya was delivered by the State Minister for Kampala Capital City and Metropolitan, Mr. Kyofatogabye Kabuye.
In his condolence message delivered by Hon. Kabuye, President Museveni urged members of the public to ensure strategic security internally and in the neighborhood which he said would expand market and free movement.
Hon. Kabbyanga emphasized the need for the general public to ensure tree planting as the only measure to mitigate climate challenges.
On Sunday, the three affected families from Kasika Village that had remained received their support from the office of the President which was delivered by Dr. Chris Baryomunsi Minister for ICT and National Guidance.
While handing over the money to the affected families including Christopher Masereka’s family that lost four people, Lazaro Mbusa’s family that lost five people and Edward Baluku’s family that lost one person, Minister Baryomunsi emphasized the need to plant more trees on the bare hills.
The Busongora County South Member of Parliament, Hon. Gideon Thembo Mujungu appealed to the government to expedite the process of supplying trees to the residents.
He also encouraged the Sub-county Council to make by-laws that would force the locals to plant trees on the bare hills and mountains as the only way to mitigate the effects of climate change.
Earlier on Sunday, the team had visited St. Paul’s Health Centre IV and Mt. St. Mary’s Hospital where the six mudslide survivors are admitted and each of them was given shillings one million from President Museveni for clearing hospital bills.