KABALE, UGANDA: Residents of Rwene Parish in Buhara Sub County of Kabale District are struggling to live without clean water sources following the breakdown of their two boreholes which were major sources of water.
The most affected villages are; Ruhita, Kiringa and Nyakabungo in Rwene Parish.
Residents who include the Rwene parish Councilor Nelson Tugumisirize, Wilber Mugisha, Frank Barusya and Peace Bagumenda made their outcries today while receiving two 10,000 litre water storage tanks at Rwene Catholic Church and St Peters Kagina Church of Uganda that were donated by the Director of Namara, Twenda and Company Advocates, Mr Elvis Twenda in partnership with the Ministry of Water and Environment.
The residents said that their borehole at Nyaryambu was last year destroyed by floods which has forced them to start drawing water from the running streams and another water source at Bwanjonjo water scheme is unstable because it was also affected.
They added that the only available source of water was constructed by the South-Western Umbrella of Water and Sanitation but it is very expensive for locals to afford with a jerry can now at between 200-500 shillings.
Handing over the tanks, the Kabale District Women’s Council Chairperson Norah Twenda said that following the requests of Rwene Parish local leaders, Elvis Twenda approached the Ministry of Water and Environment through the National Water and Sewerage Corporation which supported him with five 10,000 water storage tanks that have been distributed in Maziba and Buhara Sub Counties.
She asked the residents to take care of the tanks to avoid being vandalized.
Efforts to get a comment from the Kabale District Water Officer Ms Patience Aharinta were futile because her known phone number could not go through.
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