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.
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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people have to trek long distances to access water putting the lives of children, especially girls.
councilor says that lack of water has also contributed to the school dropouts
and also affected people’s hygiene.
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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.
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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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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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.
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.