Farmers in Rwengaju
Sub-county in Kabarole district are demanding repairs to Rwengaju Irrigation
In 2018, the
government contracted Dot Construction Services to extend water for irrigation
from Karangura sub-county to Rwengaju Sub County at a tune of 27 billion Shillings.
irrigation scheme which was a pledge by President Museveni was launched in 2019
after was declared one of the model sub-counties in the country.
the project design, it is meant to benefit model farmers in the sub-county to
water their crops seasonally to boost their crop production.
However, the pipes that are supposed to supply water in the area are broken leading to
an over spill of water.
Runyunyuzi one of the residents of Kidubuli village says that for six months excess
water has been flowing in his garden and left many of his properties destroyed.
The excess water
has destroyed the access road to Bwabya parish which connects the two villages
of Nsaho, Kidubuli to Byabya village.
//Cue in : galimazima nigatutalibaniza….
Cue out : bagasasura obubababagakuhaire rundi.//
Wamani the Chairperson of Kansenene village Kidubuli parish says that the
district authorities have been informed about the overspill but nothing has
//Cue in : Nyowe Nka omwikazi…
Cue out: …project egi”//
Rwabwera the LCI Chairperson Bukoni A cell says his village has been the most
affected with several broken pipes, especially along Bwabya road, which has
made the roads impassable. Rwabwera
blames the water flow on vandals in the village.
David Mwesige Baguma one of the farmers and the head of Rwengaju Water for
Irrigation Association says the committee has been able to repair some of the
He says that
the matter has been reported to the Dot construction services and the Ministry
of Water and Environment for repairs, in vain.
challenge number one…
Cue out those issues you are talking about”//
the in-charge of the irrigation scheme downplayed the overspill, saying that many
farmers are benefitting from the project.
Agaba the LCIII Chairperson Rwengaju Sub-county says the irrigation scheme has
never been handed over to the district by the contractors. He says the majority
of the water pipes were damaged leading to an over spill.
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Cue out: …handed over to the district”//
Rwabuhinga the LCV Chairperson Kabarole, says the district has since received several
complaints from the public about the broken pipes, however, there is nothing they
can do since the project has never been handed over to the district.