residents in Kiteny Sub County, Kitgum district are struggling to access clean
water as dozens of boreholes run dry.
There are 21 functional boreholes out of the 31 in the area but all of them
dried up during the dry season.
All the boreholes were drilled near seasonal swamps in order to draw water due
to the rocky and arid nature of the area. However, most of the seasonal swamps
have currently dried up.
Alfred Okema, the Kiteny Sub County LCIII Chairperson says that they are stuck
with the 21 boreholes because they are all not producing water and nothing can
be done about it.
He explained that some of the residents have been forced to get water for
drinking and domestic uses from unprotected sources which include Lutek,
Kajabon, and Lukorayi.
Okema added that some water sources have also been taken over by armed
Karamojong cattle rustlers as alternative sources for their animals prompting
fear among the residents.
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He identified that the most affected area includes Ladotonen and Lakongera
parishes which have high populations yet the functional boreholes in the areas
produce less than 100 liters of water a day.
Joseph Obwona, the Chairperson for Ajulu Village with over 500 residents says
that they are trekking more than 7 kilometers to get water from the nearest
water harvester tank in Lakongera village.
He noted that this is not only tiresome but time-wasting especially for those
who have garden works to attend to.
Obwona disclosed that his area and the neighborhood have been experiencing
these challenges for more than 10 years and the district leadership says they
are helpless and cannot rescue the situation.
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Monica Acan, a resident of Ajulu Village says that the crisis is not only
exposing them to diseases related to poor sanitation but also risky to the
young girls who walk long distances or take a lot of time to get water from the
unprotected streams which might make them vulnerable to sexual abusers.
William Omunga Picho, the Kitgum district water officer says that the challenge
will persist all dry seasons due to the nature of the area which is rocky and
semi-arid making it difficult to drill boreholes or get water from underground.
He however noted that the district will construct a modern dam in the area to
ensure a constant supply of water in the area.
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