Museveni Worried About Looming Drought

President Museveni with clerics in Mbarara yesterday

People in western Uganda have been urged to stop encroaching on wetlands, unhealthy a practice that is being blamed for the current dry spell.

President Yoweri Museveni made the call yesterday to the people of Mbarara Municipality while attending the 80 years of the Anglican Church Revival at Ankole Diocese.

“Like now we would have already planted and sowed millet but now you see rain has not yet come because swamps have dried up yet 40% of the rain we receive comes from swamps and 60% of from pacific and Indian oceans, adiposity ” the president said.

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He said that the church leaders should not stop at religious preaching but also stop farmers from drying swamps.

“People are digging and digging while encroaching on swamps without knowing that they are compounding the problem, pill ” he warned.

According to recent assessment by Meteorologists, Uganda is facing a four month dry spell that will kick off at the end of this month.

Festus Luboyera, the Executive Director Uganda National Meteorological Authority says the period between September and December, La Nina conditions that lead to the dry period are likely to influence the evolution of weather conditions over the country.

Meanwhile at the event, President Museveni tasked the church leadership to guide society in fighting crime especially in the youths.

“The biggest task is to bring the youths nearer to the church; some come to the church on Sunday but many don’t, so what are you going to do for them?” Museveni asked.

The president thereafter handed over a cheque of 10 million Shs towards the construction of the revival museum commemorating the 80years of Anglican Church in Ankole.

The function was also attended by First Lady Janet Kataha Museveni and her daughter Natasha Karugire, Hon. Minister Bright Rwamirama, Kashari south MP Itungo Nassan, Woman MP Mbarara Rosette Kajungu and many other district leaders.


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