Legislators ask Goventment to track warning signs of disasters

In Summary
  • MPs Engaged on early Disaster Risk Reduction  and management.
  • Engagement seeks to find ways for continuous support to Uganda Red cross.
Uganda Red cross society secretary General Robert Kwesiga at the Engagement with MPs in Kampala.
Uganda Red cross society secretary General Robert Kwesiga at the Engagement with MPs in Kampala.
Image: Uganda Red cross

Parliament has asked Government to take decisive action in promoting disaster risk management by providing timely support to parties involved in surveillance and disaster management.

This was disclosed at a formal engagement between the Uganda Red cross society and members of parliament from various parliamentary committees.

The Secretary-General of Uganda Red cross society Robert Kwesiga says the Uganda Red cross has the capacity to provide timely warnings but needs support to conduct continuous surveys and make necessary interventions ."We have over 500,000 people all over Uganda who can give timely messages in regards to disaster preparedness and only need to provide them with the necessary information and equipment". said Kwesiga.

Isingiro South MP Alex Byarugaba Painfully expresses himself at the Engagement with Uganda Red cross in Kampala.
Isingiro South MP Alex Byarugaba Painfully expresses himself at the Engagement with Uganda Red cross in Kampala.
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At the meeting, the MPs expressed concern about inaccurate information on weather patterns and conditions that most times misleads the public.
 

 

The main aim of the engagement was to find practical ways in which  MPs can support and advance the cause of the URCS, as well as discuss the Disaster Risk Reduction Agenda on different fronts.

Image: Uganda Red Cross

Emmanuel Ntale, Early warning officer at Uganda Red cross Society says that several actions are taken to prevent or mitigate potential disaster impacts prior to the shock or before acute impacts are felt,  however, the actions are carried out based on how the event will unfold.

The parliamentary committees involved are Presidential Affairs Committee, Climate Change Committee, Health Committee Budgets Committee, and Legal & Parliamentary Affairs Committee.