Government cannot manage disasters, says official

Kampala- The government has no capacity to handle the impact of natural disasters, a senior government official has said.

Mr Chebet Maikut, the head of climate change department in the Ministry of Water and Environment, said Uganda does not have enough manpower, equipment and financial capability to address such disasters when they strike.

“A disaster like one in Bududa (about 350 people died) as it happened, the government could not handle it alone and we had to enlist assistance from partners,” Mr Maikut said.

He was speaking at a workshop by Policy Action for Climate Change Adaptation (PACCA) in Kampala on Wednesday. PCCA is an NGO carrying out a four-year research on how to increase agricultural productivity by adopting appropriate measures of climate change.

Way to go
Mr Maikut said efforts by the government and development partners should be directed at preventing disasters rather than responding to them.

A study released in 2013 by Aocates Coalition for Development and Environment (ACODE) on government spending in 20089 – 201112 on climate change activities, said the sector receives less than one per cent of the government Budget. This means most policies or researches may not be done due to lack of funding.

ptajuba@ug.nationmedia.com

SOURCE: Daily Monitor

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