By Spy Uganda
HE. Yoweri Kaguta Museveni has sent Ugx5m to all the families of the victims of the deadly land slides that killed over 23 people and 16 injured in the areas of Kigyezi and Ntoroko.
His Excellence in his condolence message says that losses of life re-emphasize the need to observe the environmental requirements strictly.
”I have directed the State House Comptroller to give Shs. 5million each to the families of those who died and Shs. 1million each for those who were injured,” says Museveni cautioning that there should be no buildings or gardens 50 metres from river banks, 200 metres from the Lake shore, no building on hills with a gradient greater than 30 degrees.
”’Forests hold the soil and prevent the land slides. The roots of the trees hold the soil. The forests near the river banks and Lake shores filter the water going into the rivers or Lakes, so that they do not silt,” says Museveni,”It is therefore wrong to interfere with this delicate work of God and nature.”
According to a preliminary assessment by the Uganda Red Cross Society, about 18 people have been killed and more than 13,000 displaced after floods caused by heavy rain in different districts across Uganda in this month.