The leader of the People’s Front for Transition (PFT) Dr Kizza Besigye has lashed out at the government for failure to provide long-term solutions to floods and landslides that recently wreaked havoc in Bugisu, Sebei sub-regions and other parts of the country following heavy downpour.
Besigye said the environmental crises and tragedies the country is currently facing are a consequence of lack of a functioning government, adding that the current government is only in name but doesn’t function like a responsible one that cares.
The past few weeks have provided emphatic proof that climate shocks are occurring more frequently and with such great intensity. The food crisis in Karamoja Sub-region also bestowed great significance on the need to bolster the resilience of food systems.
The recent flash floods in Bugisu and Sebei Sub-regions further highlighted the troubling dimension of the impact of climate-induced disasters, according to experts.
Besigye said colonialists made it mandatory for farmers in hilly areas like Kabale to use terraces, and agriculture extension officers would make periodic inspections to ensure farmers were following good farming practices.
“Colonialists were responsible, this NRM government is irresponsible. In the absence of a responsible government, if there was a conscientized citizenry, where it is determined, a government has failed to work on issues that collectively affect the people, the gov’t would collapse and get out of power, “he said.
Besigye who was speaking during an interview with an online television said the primary responsibility of the government is to have a centralised plan of action on issues that people cannot do individually on their own.
The former leader of FDC believes that the government plans must include disaster preparedness, because once it happens, the impact will be disastrous.
“But the truth is, in Uganda, the government exists only in name. Uganda has no disaster preparedness plan, nor a plan of action in case disasters hit, this state of affairs won’t change unless the citizens come together to assert themselves and force things to change; people to force the government to serve them, “he said.
Besigye explained that when Uganda was still under colonialists, every home was required to maintain two food reserves (one for the home and the other for the colonial government), adding that it is very unfortunate that 60 years after colonialists left, no home has a food reserve in Uganda.
“Since the NRM has not resigned, it’s the duty of people to stand up against them and push them out. It’s not only disasters we are struggling with; there is a crisis of hunger. We are a country in crisis, affected by both rain and drought, “he said.
He said Ugandans should be aware that they don’t have a government that is willing to address their issues.
“What we have masquerading as government are people focused on plunder and spreading terror. They are not interested in solving national issues people can’t address individually, “he said.