The emergency de-silting of River Nyamwamba in Kasese district is being threatened by the start of the rainy season.
Local leaders in Kasese are now calling on the contractor to halt the exercise to ensure government resources are not wasted.
The desilting process started in June this year, covering a distance of 5.4 kilometres.
The exercise is being undertaken by Ambitious Construction Company under a 17 billion shillings project.
The River Nyamwamba has in the recent past caused a lot of destruction and loss of lives as a result of flooding, with the latest resulting in the destruction of Kilembe Mines Hospital and the displacement of hundreds of area residents.
Chance Kahindo, the Mayor of Kasese Municipality, says they fear that if the rains become as intense as being predicted, water might carry along properties, including boulders that would eventually silt the river again.
He thinks it would be wiser for the government to order the suspension of the de-silting exercise until the wet season comes to an end.
Kahindo also believes that the desilting exercise should have been considered in the first months of the year when there is minimal rain expected.
Richard Bomera, the LC3 chairperson for Bulembia division, says there is a need for the government to give timely guidance to the contractor to ensure the work being undertaken does not go to waste.
He added that they have been relying on observing the “natural behavior” of the river and that it usually floods around the May rains compared to other rainy months.
He does, however, believe that they cannot ignore the fact that the seasons have been gradually changing in recent years.
Thembo Isaiah, Lc1 chairperson of Kitooro cell, says they are worried, given the intensity of rain and its effects in Eastern Uganda so far.
Both the contractor and the Kasese district environmental officer declined to comment on the local leader’s request.