Minister Bahati, water ministry partner to extend clean water to Katuna

By Sophan Niwamanya

The Ministry of Water and Environment, in collaboration with Hon. Min David Bahati has begun a water extension project in Katuna town council, Kabale district.

The water project, which includes the installation of a water pump, a transformer, land acquisition, and other technical stuff, is expected to cost Shs 100 million.

The Ministry of Water and Environment, led by Senior Sociologist General Duties Urban Water and Sewerage Services Department, Kawonawo Isaac, stated yesterday at a press conference held at the White Horse Inn in Kabale Municipality that they are in Katuna to begin water extension supply.

He revealed that the project is expected to start on December 8 in the areas of Katuna, Mayengo, Mukarangye, Kamuganguzi, Katuna, Burambira, Kiniogo, and immigration offices, among other areas in Katuna.

Kawonawo revealed that they received a call from the state minister for state trade, industry, and cooperatives, David Bahati, who doubles as the Ndorwa West MP, requesting support for water extension in Katuna and Kamuganzi subcounties, which have been having a challenge with water scarcity.

He adds that the ministry of water and environment is ready to respond to Bahati’s call to improve the water system in the place by constructing a borehole source in Mayengo to boost the water system in the area.

He said that the borehole source will produce 10 cubic meters per hour with a total capacity of 45 cubic meters, which has been receiving only 15 cubic meters per day.

He stated that the project would be completed before Christmas and that people would begin receiving water.Hon. Min David Bahati will also provide water extensions to Ryakarimira, Kibuga, Butanda, and Kahungye next year, according to Kawonawo.

He said that this water will not be free to the users, but they will be paying 2,500 Ugandan dollars per unit.

He asked the public to comply with government directives to protect the environment.

Dr. Habbasi Mugisha, the lecturer in the department of governance at Kabale University, cautioned people to always respond positively to government projects. He noted that some people are always in need of compensation from the government, yet sometimes the government has little funding.

Minister Bahati was represented by His Political Assistant Wiber Kanyesigye, who stated that other areas still experiencing water scarcity will be addressed in the coming years.