The Leader of the Opposition in the 11th Parliament of Uganda Hon. Mathias Mpuuga has lashed at the alert issued by police and the Uganda National Roads Authority (UNRA) advising motorists and pedestrians using Kampala-Masaka highway to use alternative routes following the abrupt flooding of River Katonga which crosses the highway.
Mpuuga who doubles as the Deputy President for National Unity platform party (Buganda region) and Member of Parliament for Nyendo – Mukungwe says the act has left him wondering what befell this country’s planners.
In a statement released by Uganda Police today May 11th 2023 morning, it advised the general public travelling from and to Masakato take the Masaka – Ssembabule Road as a diversion.
“The water levels at Katonga River have risen significantly, posing a serious risk to motorists and pedestrians attempting to cross. For your safety, we strongly advise using alternative routes while we collaborate with UNRA to address the situation promptly. Travellers from Kampala are encouraged to utilize the Mpigi – Butambala – Ssembabule road as a viable alternative”, The Police statement reads in parts.
Now, through his twitter handle, Mpuuga said that Flash floods that are being reported across the country are an act of God but their consequences can be minimized hadn’t the regime abdicated its duty of presiding over a government with functional systems
I have been mulling over an alert issued by the Police following the flooding of River Katonga which has in effect cut off South Western Uganda from the rest of the country!! They have wonderfully offered motorists alternative routes through Sembabule, Gomba and Mpigi which left me wondering what befell this country’s planners.
Flash floods that are being reported across the country are an act of God but their consequences can be minimized hadn’t the regime abdicated its duty of presiding over a government with functional systems.
Article 39 read together with National Objective XXVII of the Constitution of the Republic of Uganda require the government to ensure that the citizens live in a clean and healthy environment and sustainable utilization of resources for the benefit of the present and future generations.
Far from this, the regime has instead facilitated the degradation of the environment thus contributing to reduced eco-systems and disasters. Over the past 3 weeks, at least 18 lives have been lost and about 13,000 Ugandans displaced.
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