National Water and
Sewerage Cooperation-NSWC through SOGEA SATOM Civil Engineering Limited has
embarked on cutting trees along the Kampala-Jinja Highway in Mukono town to
pave way for laying water pipes to Katosi water works.
The project estimated to cost Shillings 350billion is funded by the Government
of Uganda, European Investment Bank, German Funding Agency-KfW, the French
Funding Agency AfD, and the EU Africa Infrastructure Trust Fund. It is aimed at
pumping 240million liters of water each day to cater for increasing demand in
Kampala metropolitan area.
Although the municipal authorities claim to have entered into an agreement with
the contractor to coordinate with the responsible parties to ensure smooth
progress of the project, residents claim they are not sensitized about the
David Ssemakula, a Landlord
in Mukono Municipality, says the municipality forces them to pave their yards
but they watching on in dismay as SOGEA and NSWC clears what they had
He reveals that they buy each pavement at between Shillings 2000 to
3000 and is worried that SOGEA may leave their area disorganized.
//Cue in: “Bwoba oteseza ne…
Cue out: …kanfune abantu bazisombe”//
Farouk Zimula, a resident of Mukono Central Division, says many government
programs are being implemented in the area without coordination, which makes
the town look filthy.
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Cue out: …zezifa nenelalikirira”//
Samula Busuulwa, a bodaboda rider notes that several trees that have been
providing them shades as they wait for customers have been cut.
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Cue out: …ne bagizaawo”//
Jamadah Kajjoba, the Deputy Mayor Mukono municipality, says they discussed with
NSWC and the contractor before the project commenced to divert the route, which
He however, says NWSC pledged to plant new trees and restore
people’s yards once they are done fixing the pipes.
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Cue out: …nga kirungi”//
Kajjoba calls upon residents to remain calm and give the contractor chance to do
his worker, saying their concerns will be addressed once the ongoing work is
Sam Apadel, the Communications Manager NWSC, says residents should embrace
development and avoid politicizing the project it since is going to come with
another project of tree planting.