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DISO Accused of Destroying Community Water Dam :: Uganda Radionetwork

DISO Accused of Destroying Community Water Dam

The residents had planted 300 trees around the disputedwetland in preparation to set up a communal fish farming project to boost household income.
A destroyed communial shallow well and wetland causing bad blood between Captain Weren Baguma DISO Luwero and residents of Nyakiziba cell in Kakiika parish Mbarara district

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More than 300 residents of Nyakiziba cell in Kashari County Mbarara district are up in arms against Captain Weren Baguma, the Luweero Internal Security Officer for allegedly destroying a community well and Rukonoka water Dam. They also accuse Baguma of encroaching on a community wetland which has been acting as water catchment area. The residents had planted 300 trees around the disputed wetland in preparation to set up a communal fish farming project to boost household income.

Humphrey Kategaya, who offered the land, says Baguma has hampered the efforts of the community to implement various planned projects. He says that residents had set up a multimillion shillings water dam to supply water for domestic use. Kategaya regrets inviting Captain Baguma to settle in Nyakiziba cell.


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The destruction of the community shallow well has also affected students and teachers at Gumanayesu Kingdom vocational secondary school, which is located in the same village. Moses Nzarwa Twinomugisha, the head teacher Gumanayesu Kingdom vocational secondary school says it is becoming difficult for the 251 students to access water for use.

He says that some of the students have reached an extent of missing morning lessons as they go hunting for water.

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Francis Bagambe, the LC I chairperson Nyakiziba cell says the destruction of the water well has drawn a lot of concern amongst residents. Bagambe says that he has been receiving complaints from residents accusing Baguma’s wife and his workers for threatening to shoot dead anyone who dare steps on the contested wetland.


The LC I chairperson says he has made several attempts to reconcile the community and Baguma in vain. George Byamukama, the Kakiika parish chairperson the brain behind the water project says that he is seeking the help of Uganda Land Commission to place a caveat on the wetland.

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Our reporter was unable to get a comment from Baguma as his home was tightly guarded by plain cloth armed men who declined to allow in any visitors. In February this year, President Museveni warned Government officials, fake investor and wealthy business people from grabbing land from poor Ugandans. He said all land transactions should be based on the basis of willing seller and willing buyer.