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Rukungiri Residents Raise Concern About Delayed Completion of Water Project

David Tumwebaze, a resident of Kebisoni sub--County says that government and the district officials should come out and clearly explain what went wrong with the project.
Technofab engineering services trucks parked at the construction site .photo by Ronald Kabanza.
Residents of Rukungiri District have raised concerns about the delayed completion of a multi-Billion Shilling gravity water flow project.

 In July 2016, a 44 Billion Shillings Kahengye water project was commissioned. It was supposed to be completed in one year.  The water project was co-funded by the World Bank and the government to help provide safe water for human consumption in the sub-counties of Kebisoni, Buyanja, Rukungiri municipality, Bugangari and Nyakagyeme all in Rukungiri district.

However, for four years, the project has never been completed which has caused frustrations among the residents. 

 

David Tumwebaze, a resident of Kebisoni sub--County says that government and the district officials should come out and clearly explain what went wrong with the project. Tumwebaze added that they are currently using water from Kahengye water stream that is unfit for human consumption.

Scovia Akampurira, a businesswoman in Kebisoni town council blamed the district officials for failing to monitor the project, which could have caused delays.

Mary Asiimwe, a businesswoman says due to lack of piped water in the town they have always been cheated by water vendors who now sell a jerry can at 500 Shillings.

Ivan Tumukunde a resident of Buyanja sub--County says the commissioning of this project had raised their hopes of accessing clean water. He adds that he buys a jerry can of water at 500 Shillings adding such huge sum of money can’t easily be raised by residents given their low incomes.

Ashraf Taryebwa,   a businessman in Rukungiri town says they are currently living in fear of contracting water-related diseases.

Deus Twekwase, the Rukungiri District Water Engineer says that the contractor abandoned the construction site.

Twekwase explains that the installation of water pipes was done and what remains now is power for the project to be complete.

 

He reveals however that by March next year they will start supplying water to residents.  

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