Heavy Rains Kill Kasese NAADS agent, Foil Independence Day 'Meat-ing' in Kapchorwa

Residents of Maghoma village. Muramba Bughoye S/C, yesterday morning they woke up to the shocking news of the death of one Yokonia Kithagenda, who drowned in a local stream sometime in the previous night. The stream that residents refer to as River Isebo, has lately become relatively expansive and violent because of the torrential rains the area is experiencing currently. Kithagenda worked with the National Agricultural Advisory Services (NAADS). News of his death was reported to News-Hapa by Sentamu Tadeo from Kasese.

Quoting the farmers of Mahango, another subcounty in Kasese district, Sentamu also reports another consequence of the heavy rains. “Crops worth millions have been washed away by running water.” he says.

Although on a much more mundane level, the rains also proved a nuisance to the people of Kapchorwa when they got in the way of their intentions to celebrate Uganda’s independence anniversary. At 1:25pm on Wednesday, Micheal Musobo, a regular contributor to News-Hapa from the area sent this message. “It is now 1 hour since it began raining. We don't know when it going to stop. People have been kept indoors. Those that had bought meat for Independence Day are already enjoying the day while those who went for meat late have been caught by rain. Bye.”

Speaking of foiled Independence Day celebrations, it appears that Besigye and Lukwago aren’t the only Ugandans who officially, intentitionally and publically refused to celebrate the day. Sentamu tells News-Hapa that the residents of Lake Katwe subcounty in Kasese also “rejected to celebrate independence day in Kasese because of poor Roads in their subcounty.”

- Oct. 11, 2013
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