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UGX 22bn Kagadi Water Project Stalls

According to the project chief coordinator Engineer Joseph Jaasi, there is no progress on the project four months after it was launched.

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The delay to release funds has stalled construction of Kagadi piped water project.

In December, the Ministry of Water and Environment handed over construction site to Samcrete Egypt-Engineers and Contractors to undertake the construction works of the Piped Water Supply System project.   The project is estimated to cost 22.8 billion shillings.

However, construction has been halted due to delayed release of money to implement the project. 

According to the project chief coordinator Engineer Joseph Jaasi, there is no progress on the project, four months after it was launched.

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The project is jointly funded by the government and African Development Bank-ADB through the Water Supply and Sanitation Program Phase II (WSSP II) was expected to be completed in one year.  

According to Paul Kato, the branch manager Water Supply and Sanitation Program central region, the delay is attributed to failure by the government and ADB to release money to commence the construction works. He says the delay will affect the project as the completion period will be extended.

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Once completed, the project is expected to enhance provision of water supply and sanitation facilities to Kagadi, Muhorro, and Kyenzige town councils. 

The project will see the construction of a Pump house, operator house and two office blocks with waterborne toilets and four public water borne toilets to promote sanitation.

Kagadi district is one of the districts in Bunyoro region with problem of clean water coverage.

Most of the residents fetch water from swamps and unclean water wells, putting their lives at risk of contracting diseases.

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