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Majanji Sub-County Hit by Water Scarcity

Ninah Nafula, another resident, says even the functional boreholes have salty water, which makes it unfit for drinking and domestic use.

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Four of the 17 boreholes sunk by government in Majanji Sub County in Busia district have broken down plunging the area in a water crisis.   

Jesca Makokha, a resident of Majanji Sub County, says they face difficulty in moving long distances to access water.   

Ninah Nafula, another resident, says even the functional boreholes have salty water, which makes it unfit for drinking and domestic use.   

Alice Wandera, a resident of the same sub county, says they have been struggling for the last 15 years to get safe water.  

She says in extreme cases they don't bath because of the difficulties of finding water.    

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Patrick Okuku, the LC1 Chairperson Buhenye A village in Nagabita parish, says residents move between 5 to 10 kilometers to access water.  

Benson Bwire Pamba, the Majanji Sub-county LC III chairperson, says Africa Water Solution, a non-governmental organisation has helped to provide tanks to some households for rain water harvesting.  

Sylvester Offiti Norman, the Majanji Sub-county Community Development Officer, says they have advised residents to sign petitions that can enable them to advocate for the repair of the non-functional boreholes or construction of new ones.    

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Godffrey Ojambo Adeya, the Nagabita Parish Chief in Majanji sub-county, says most of the villages in the area have a low water table, some of which are covered by rocks.

This he says makes it difficult to sink boreholes.

 

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Geoffrey Wandera, the Busia LC V Chairperson, says they have plans to extend tap water a cross the district to provide clean water.    

   

Kennedy Wanyama, the Eastern region coordinator for Africa Water Solution told URN that they chose to operate in the area because of poor hygiene and water scarcity. 

He says the water tanks are given to households that have improved sanitation and hygiene.     

 

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