50 Families affected by landslides in Bwesumbu sub county, Kasese


At least 50 families from Kasangali Parish in Bwesumbu sub-county, Busongora County North in Kasese district have been affected by landslides.

This follows a heavy downpour that befell most parts of the district on Thursday and Saturday last week, causing landslides that led to the destruction of people’s houses, crop gardens and domestic animals.

The landslides also claimed the lives of four people including three from Bugoye Sub-county and one from Kyababinga –Kirembe Cell in the Central Division of Kasese Municipality.

Today morning, our reporter visited Kasangali Parish and discovered that the 50 affected families mostly from the villages of Kasangali B Ruhara I, Ruhara II, Buhati, Butwetse and Kasangali A are currently temporarily encamped at Kasangali Primary School, Kasangali Health Centre II and Nyakanengo Primary School respectively.

Mrs. Yolesi Mulegheya Nyabahasa, a mother of 08 children is among the affected persons who are encamped at Kasangali Primary School.

She told our reporter who was in the area and the Kasese District Woman Member of Parliament, Hon. Florence Kabugho who had paid a courtesy visit to the victims and addressed them at Kasangali market that her house, utensils, crop gardens were all swept away by mud and landslides.

She was skeptical that her family might be hit by famine and poverty following the incident.

Earlier in his report, Mr. Reuben Watsurawa, the Kasangali Parish Chairperson had told the legislator that they were shocked by the incident which left 50 families affected by the devastating floods, mud and landslides, appealing to the Office of the Prime Minister and Civil Society Organizations to come to the rescue of the victims.

Mr. Samson Bagenda, the Busongora County North FDC Chairperson who also doubles as former Bwesumbu Sub-county Chairperson who had accompanied the legislator, encouraged the residents to always seek the services of professional builders while constructing their houses as well as using quality building materials.

In her remarks, Hon. Florence Kabugho who donated shillings 1 million to the victims and another shillings 500,000 from the former area MP, Hon. William Musabe Nzoghu, explained that the purpose of her visit was to sympathize with them coupled with encouraging their leaders to write a comprehensive report about the incident so that she submits it to the Office of the Prime Minister and other relevant Ministries.

She also observed need for the residents in the entire district to plant more trees especially on the bare hills.

Subsequently, the affected persons hailed Hon. Kabugho and their former MP, Hon. Nzoghu for the donation, describing as timely.


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