Government needs to make more policies that enable resilience to climate change effects By Bbaale Drake Thomase
Uganda is already witnessing the impacts of climate change on its environment. One of the visible effects of climate change is the disappearing glacier on Uganda’s highest mountain, Mt.Rwenzori. Research shows that by 1906, the glaciers were 6.5sq.km, but that has reduced to less than 1sq. km by 2003. There are fears that the glaciers could even disappear completely soon.
As a result of the thawing of the glaciers, the Rwenzori region has received a beating from the waters. During the rainy seasons, the volumes of water in the rivers of Mubuku, Nyamwamba, and Nyamugasani have increased beyond limit, leading to the bursting of the banks of the rivers. The most recent incident was in July this year, when Mubuku, Nyamwamba, and Nyamugasani rivers burst their banks, causing untold suffering to the people who live downstream. The road that connects Kilembe to Kasese municipality was cut off as a result of the floods. Also, whenever the floods occur, Kilembe Mines Hospital is usually submerged. At 60 years of independence, the government should be making deliberate policies to enable communities and the citizens have the ability to be more resilient towards the effects of climate
change, as well as quickly offer solutions to those affected. Also, government ought to sensitise the people more on the benefits of poor waste disposal and the resultant effects of settling in swampy areas, as well as in the waterways.