Ugandan president Yoweri Museveni on Wednesday demonstrated great physique and stamina during his visit of flood hit hilly Kilembe sub county in Kasese district, western Uganda. (All photos by PPU COURTESY OF SARAH KAGINGO)
It was a visit intended to make an assessment of the impact River Nyamwamba had caused in the area.
Last week, River Nyamwamba burst its banks causing floods the area that greatly damaged people’s properties and lives.
The president’s mostly youthful entourage were left challenged after the commander in chief effortlessly jumped wide trenches and moved up steep hills.
“Am worried about you. If you are unable to keep up with the old man’s speed, go slow.” The president told his entourage.
The president was accompanied by Kasese district leaders including the District Woman Member of Parliament, opposition party Forum for Democratic Change’s Winnie Kiiza.
He expressed grief at the damage caused by the floods saying ““Am very sorry about the damage. I hear that some people died. This is terrible.”
Four people are said to have died last week as they were being evacuated at Kilembe Mines Hospital following the flooding of River Nyamwamba.
President Museveni directed the Ministry of Works to rebuild River Nyamwamba’s banks and repair the damaged bridges
Government is to identify families of victims and help them, according the president’s directive.
Last May, the river burst its banks, destroying property worth millions of shillings and paralysing transport in Kasese Town.