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Kumi Residents Mark 59th Independence Without Water

David Asubu, a resident in Kumi town says it is needless to celebrate Uganda’s Independence when people cannot have access to basic things like water. He challenged the authorities to ensure that water is made available and affordable to communities regardless of their status.
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Residents in Kumi Municipality have marked the 59th Independence Anniversary amidst a water crisis that has lasted five days. 

Piped water last flowed in the municipality last Sunday, its disappearance since forcing residents to pay up to 2,000 shillings for a 20- litre- jerrycan of water. 

David Asubu, a resident in Kumi town says it is needless to celebrate Uganda’s Independence when people cannot have access to basic things like water. He challenged the authorities to ensure that water is made available and affordable to communities regardless of their status. 

Asubu observed that some families are unable to prepare food on time because of the scarcity of water in town.

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Elvis Okurut, a water vendor in Kumi Municipality says that it takes him six hours to fetch water from the nearby borehole because of the overwhelming number of people.  Okurut says that he has been supplying water to more than 20 households but the current crisis cannot allow him to serve all his customers even with an increase in the price per jeyrrycan.

“We have customers pleading for water but we can’t do much," he said. "Some people are willing to offer as much as a vendor wishes to charge for a jerrycan but cannot get the water. All the neighboring boreholes are now congested. People camp there as early as 4:00am".

Geoffrey Ochola, the Area Manager at National Water and Sewerage Corporation in charge of Kumi, Ngora and Pallisa districts says the water shortage has also affected Ngora district following technical fault at Aagu Water Plant.

Ochola told our reporter that they have contracted a service provider to rectify the fault and expects water supply to be restored soon.

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