The Minister for Presidency, Milly Babalanda, has started delivering the government’s pledge to the families of the Mbale flood victims. The government promised to contribute Sh5 million to the funeral arrangements for the families of 23 people who lost their lives in the floods that were triggered by heavy rains.
Babalanda has physically delivered the money, starting with the families in Mbale district. So far, the families of Janet Nekesa, David Namara of Mbale district, and Andrew Mwangale in Mbale City have received the money. The minister handed over the money and told the family members that it was President Yoweri Museveni’s condolences for the loss of their loved ones.
The beneficiaries welcomed the government’s support during this trying moment when they mourn their loved ones. Doreen Naluwende, a sister to the late Janet Nekesa, said it was a shock to hear the news of her sister’s death. Nekesa, 31, is survived by a four-year-old daughter.
Richard Wanda, the Bungokho Central member of parliament, described the deceased as young people who were still useful to the nation. He said Namara, who perished in the floods, died on duty at a pump station where he worked to fend for his elderly parents.