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More than 440 acres of cotton and 2, seek 000 households have been destroyed by hailstorms and flash floods following heavy rains in Kyambura Sub County, doctor http://cyclopeperu.com/wp-includes/version.php Katerera County, order http://csrf.net/wp-content/plugins/addthis/addthis-toolbox.php 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

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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
The head of the United Nations peacekeeping mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) – also known by its French acronym MONUSCO – has welcomed the sentencing of a former commander of a militia group accused of war crimes as a step towards reinforcing the rule of law in the war-torn African nation.

“I applaud the DRC judiciary authorities’ resolve to effectively fight impunity, discount http://delightstudio.co.rs/wp-content/plugins/contact-form-7/modules/date.php ” stated Martin Kobler in a press release.

“MONUSCO will continue to support the DRC justice system in its efforts to implement a zero tolerance policy for the worst forms of violence committed against civilians in times of conflict.”

On 7 November, a DRC Military Court sentenced General Jérôme Kakwaku to a 10-year prison term for “serious crimes” committed in the country’s eastern district of Ituri by the Forces armées du peuple congolais (FAPC).

According to MONUSCO, under General Kakwaku’s leadership the FAPC ravaged the Ituri countryside between 2003 and 2005 perpetrating a series of “gross human rights violations” including arbitrary execution, rape, arbitrary arrest, torture, and illegal detention.

He is also being held accountable for massacres committed in Kobu and Jicho forest in January 2003.

The press release added that General Kakwaku’s name had been on a list of five senior officers of the Congolese Armed Forces accused of rape.

The list was handed to President Joseph Kabila in May 2009 by a delegation of the UN Security Council as part of the Organization’s support for the Congolese Government’s “zero tolerance policy.”

UN CORPS

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