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Kitumba Residents Struggle to Access Safe Water

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By APN Reporter


Residents of Bukoola and Kakoma parishes in Kitumba Sub County,Kabale  district have decried the lack of safe water.

The locals in the area continue to struggle to access clean water for domestic use and their livestock.

This follows the breakdown of some major boreholes in the area where they used to fetch at no cost.

The boreholes broke down three months ago forcing residents to share water with animals from ponds which exposes them to sanitation related diseases.

Erick Twinamasiko   a resident of Kakoma parish says that due to the water crisis, they are unable to regularly wash their hands as one of the preventive measure against the spread of coronavirus. He says that despite several promises from the area leaders among them the area member of parliament David Bahati, the locals are yet to get a remedy for the challenge.

Roda Twinobusingye, another resident says they are forced to walk for several kilometers to access water from the village ponds. 

Wilbroad Niwagaba is another person who has faced the wrath of the crisis.

He says that he wonders why the parishes can continue to struggle for over 20 years with the leaders failing to provide a lasting solution.

 James Besigye, the Kakashenya Village Chairman in Bukoola parish says the water crisis is beyond the capacity of the water user committees.

 He adds that they have on several occasions written to the district leadership and the area legislator David Bahati to come to their rescue by in vain.  

Area Legislator David Bahati could not be reached for a comment on the matter as several calls to him and to his aides went un answered.

In March, the Ministry of Water and Environment directed local governments to repair all non-functional boreholes and ensure that communities have access to clean and safe water in order to implement preventive measures of COVID- 19.

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