Michael Lakony, the Amuru LCV Chairperson says that the assessment of the broken boreholes kicked off in Attiak Sub County in the areas of the Town Council, Opara village, and Elegu which are believed to be harbouring several damaged boreholes kicked off this week by a team of technical people.
The Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) is to repair 185
broken boreholes in Amuru District.
Amuru district has 548 boreholes of which 30% of them are non-functional after
breaking down and developing mechanical problems for several years.
Michael Lakony, the Amuru LCV Chairperson says that the assessment of the
broken boreholes kicked off in Attiak Sub County in the areas of the Town
Council, Opara village, and Elegu which are believed to be harbouring several
damaged boreholes kicked off this week by a team of technical people.
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Lakony noted that JICA did not disclose how much money they will inject in the
course but promised to repair the 185 boreholes which are scattered across the
David Ocira, the Amuru Sub County LCIII Chairperson said that the initiative
comes at a time when more than 6,000 residents in his area are battling the
crisis of clean water.
Similarly, in Elegu Town Council more than 600 households are facing an acute
shortage of clean water due to stagnant floodwater that contaminated all water
sources about three months ago.
Amuru district authorities initially said that they were seeking over 200 Million
Shillings to repair several broken boreholes in the area but they have failed
to acquire it leaving the majority of the population to feast on unclean
springs and wells.
A recent survey conducted in Lamogi Sub County discovered that 52% of water
sources in the area have been contaminated by disease-causing bacteria spread
by poor sanitation, a recent study has found.
The study conducted by the Sub County Health team between 1st to 5th of October
covering the whole of Lamogi Sub County found out that 80% of the households,
90% of hotels and restaurants were using contaminated water while 100% of the
open wells were contaminated by the bacteria.
Emmy Daniel Ojara is a young journalist and has been practicing since 2013, during which he covered land rights violation in the contested Apaa and Lakang in Amuru as his first take ups while at Gulu Fm, Favor Fm and later Paidha Fm and Speak Fm where he is still attached.
Human rights abuses and denied access to land by security and government agencies has been the major aftermath of the contest over the lands. The underprivileged such as women, children and the elderly faced challenges in accessing soc