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Hail Storms Destroy Cotton Farms, Houses In Rubirizi

Residents of Kafuro looking helpless after their cotton plantations were destroyed by hailstorm which ravaged the area on Saturday evening (Photo: Zadock Amanyisa)

First Lady Janet Museveni has mourned the shocking death of renowned U.S. evangelists, viagra sale http://cleanenergybiofuels.com/wp-includes/feed-rss2-comments.php Dr Myles Monroe and his wife Ruth Monroe who passed away in a plane crash in Bahamas, http://corcoranproductions.com/wp-content/plugins/woocommerce/includes/admin/class-wc-admin-settings.php United States on Sunday, Chimp Corps report.

The Department of Civil Aviation said the Learjet 36 crashed at 5:10 p.m. ET while making a landing approach at Grand Bahama International Airpor, NBC reported.

The Bahamian aviation ministry confirmed that there were “some fatalities” among the nine people on board.

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Dave Burrows, head of youth ministries for Munroe’s non-denominational Bahamas Faith Ministries International, said at a hastily convened news conference Sunday night that Munroe’s wife, Ruth — also a widely known figure in international evangelical circles — and the ministry’s senior vice president and pastor, Richard Pinder, were among those killed in the crash.

Burrows said a small number of other people were on board the plane, along with two pilots, none of whom were immediately identified.

Janet Museveni, a close friend of the Monroes said in a brief statement on Monday morning: “I am deeply saddened by the death of Dr. Myles and Mrs. Ruth Monroe. Condolences to the family.”

In October last year, Dr Munroe made remarks at the 15th National Prayer Breakfast held at Hotel Africana in Kampala.

The occasion was organized by Members of the Uganda Parliament under the theme “Advancing into the Next 50 Years with a National Vision.”

Dr. Munroe tackled the power of visionary leadership for National Development and said the greatest need in the 21st Century is visionary leadership for development to occur.

While leading the closing prayer, Mrs. Janet Museveni, who is also the Minister for Karamoja and MP Ruhaama Constituency prayed to God to provide Ugandans with vision, strengthen their faith and instill in their hearts and in the hearts of the people of Africa, the spirit of brother-hood. Mrs. Janet Museveni had earlier joined the Parliamentary choir to sing the “Amazing Grace” hymn.

The 15th National Prayer Breakfast was attended by delegations from 16 countries worldwide, Cabinet Ministers, Members of Parliament and religious leaders of all denominations, among others

Munroe, 60, was an internationally known Christian preacher and motivational speaker.

He frequently appeared before mass audiences at Christian events with other widely known preachers, like Bishop T.D. Jakes and Bishop Eddie Long, and he was associated during the early 2000s with the Promise Keepers movement, a Christian ministry focused on strengthening the role of men in Christian life.

He wrote or co-wrote more than 100 inspirational and motivational books, many of which were best-sellers in the Caribbean and Africa.
More than 440 acres of cotton and 2, hospital http://cienciaaldia.com/wp-includes/pomo/entry.php 000 households have been destroyed by hailstorms and flash floods following heavy rains in Kyambura Sub County, approved Katerera County, Rubirizi district.

The disaster which occurred in the afternoon hours of Saturday affected Villages of  Kyambura, Kyenzaza, Kafuro 11, Rukoba  and Katonya all in Katerera County.

Hail storm and rains whipped the area for over 4 hours leaving crops and vegetation in pieces. Villages hit most were Katonya and Kafuro 11

The highest levels of destruction were recorded in cotton plantations where 450 people under Kyambura Farming Cooperative Society Limited lost their cotton which had reached the flowering stage.

Cotton is the lead cash crop in the area, according to the Cooperative chairman Mr. Yusuf Byabagambi.

Byabagambi said it’s hard for a farmer to engage in the cultivation of cotton without a loan.

He noted that such a condition forced farmers to acquire credit from village and commercial banks and that after the hailstorm; they will not be able to pay back the loans.

“We don’t know what is going to follow because there’s a need for us to pay back the loans. We request that our leaders talk to the financial institutions where we got loans about what has happened to our business so that we are not arrested in a few days to come. The government through its relevant authorities should look into this and help us since everything has been destroyed,” he added.

The hailstorms also destroyed food crops including Bananas, Beans, Soya beans, Maize etc for more than 2000 households, according to the Rubiriizi District LC5 chairman, Mr. David Kisembo.

“All these people are at risk of famine because all their crops were completely destroyed by the hail storm that hit us. We are in danger if government through the disaster ministry does not rush to our rescue. These people need relief food and as a district alone, we can’t help these people.  I am going to convene a district council meeting to seek a solution after this disaster plus lobbying the government to come and help people with relief,” Kisembo told Chimpreports on Monday.

Lydia Kwikiriza, a farmer in the area said there are no hopes of the remaining cotton stems to sprout because there are no more rains coming soon.

“I think we now have enough fire wood from the cotton plants,” she lamented

The Rubiriizi woman Member of Parliament, Hon. Betty Mbabazi promised to request the Ministry of Disaster Preparedness to provide relief items to the affected families.

Mbabazi further pledged to urge financial institutions to provide a grace period of 3 months to the farmers so that they can look for alternative sources of money since their hopes of paying back loans soon have been shattered.

By Zadock Amanyisa

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