Kiboga Residents Struggle to Access Clean Water

The residents and leaders say that there are several non-functioning boreholes, forcing them to trek long distances in search of water.
A man drawing water from a dam in Bukomero Sub County

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Kiboga District leaders have asked the government to construct safe water sources to ease access to water.

The residents and leaders say that there are several non-functioning boreholes, forcing them to trek long distances in search of water. 

John Bosco Nampuma, the Vice-Chairperson of Kikooba Local Council I in Bukomero Sub County says that the major challenge that they are facing in the area is sharing water with animals.    He says the source where people draw drinking water is the same used by cattle because there are no alternative water sources. 

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Ismail Kabendegere representing Kikooba Parish at Bukomero Sub County council says that the entire parish has only four boreholes yet homesteads are distant with many people. He adds that the few available water sources are the dams which are meant for cattle.

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Kabendegere says people have to trek long distances to access water putting the lives of children, especially girls.

The councilor says that lack of water has also contributed to the school dropouts and also affected people’s hygiene.

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At Kyanamuyonjo Village in Kyomya Sub County, the residents say that the only borehole in the area was constructed more than twenty years ago and has broken down. He adds that residents are forced to pay 2,000 Shillings for a jerry can of water.

Deogratius Kiyingi, the Chairperson of Temanakali Village says that they have demanded safe water sources in vain. He says that the only borehole in his area has spent more than 10 years without repair.

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The Kiboga Woman Member of Parliament, Christine Kaaya, and Shadow Minister for Water and Natural Resources says that the budget allocated for water is very low and the water sector relies on support from NGOs.

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Kaya suggests that there is a need for budget allocation and funding towards the construction of safe water sources because the rate at which the water table is lowering requires advanced technologies.

According to records, access to safe water in Kiboga stands at 53 percent, falling below the national average of 58 percent.

On March 22, Uganda will join the rest of the world in commemoration of World Water Day with a focus on among others ensuring the availability of adequate and reliable quality freshwater resources for all uses, reducing human and economic loss from natural hazards and disasters, increasing incomes.