LIFE IN KAMWANYI ON A RAINY DAY by NANYONJO CATE
My heart sinks every time it rains in Kamwanyi, worried about so many things like where to pass. The place floods and fills up the entire market and the big pot holes along the murrum pathway heading to
the lake. This murrum path way is one of the busiest routes with lots of goods being loaded and offloaded at the lake throughout the day. This means they are quite a number of people using this road
and on a rainy day they are left with two options of either sailing through the floods or be carried by the strong men onto their destination. This comes along with using one’s fifth sense to determine the
shallow and deeper ends of the already flooded road so as to avoid sinking deep in the potholes.
When this falls on a normal market working day it means a woman market vendor is left with no market stall and clients for her food items since the clients are scared of maneuvering through the floody road
meaning no money made on a rainy day for a woman market vendor. For the women headed families this means no food for her family on such a day, no medical bills for her sick child who normally gets
asthmatic attacks on a cold day and hence rendering their lives at a very sorry state.
But we all know these floods are caused by the poor drainage system in the area. Whereby there is no proper drainage system used by the residents to help reduce on these floods. We have conducted a
number of community youth parliaments tackling the same issue of the poor drainage system in Kamwanyi, We have gone ahead to involve the various stake holders like the local leaders, Kampala
Capital City Authority officials but nothing has been done sofar. How long should we wait on to address this major issue before it is too late!