BUGWERI, UGANDA: The Bugweri District Woman Member of Parliament, Hon Racheal Magoola alias Obangaina has donated boreholes to locals in seven villages of the district to enable them to get access to clean water. The MP lobbied for the boreholes through her friends of Muslim Aid USA (MAUSA) organization.
The villages that benefited from the lobby are from different sub-counties and they include; Nawangisa ‘A’ and Nakamini in the Namalemba sub-county, Nsozi Ibiri and Bupala in Buyanga sub-county, Mpita and Bulyansime in Igombe sub-county as well as Bunalwenyi village in Makuutu sub-county.
While commissioning the boreholes on Saturday, June 24, 2023, Hon Magoola reiterated that all villages in Bugweri district will be covered in her program of lobbying for safe water for her constituents, asserting that close to 100 boreholes have so far been drilled in the district.
“We thank our funders who have assisted us to bring clean water to our people and as I speak now, we are about to make 100 boreholes which we have since drilled in Bugweri district. I promise all those who haven’t got that we shall reach every corner of the district and you will all be covered in this program,” Hon Magoola said.
She also urged the beneficiaries to make good care of the boreholes and avoid issues that may result into incurring costs in mechanical maintenance in case of damage.
Speaking to DailyExpress, some of the beneficiaries led by their local leaders commended Hon Racheal Magoola for lobbying boreholes for them amidst testifying that they have been surviving on wellspring waters where they have suffered a number of waterborne diseases.
“We have been having a burden of accessing clean water and we have been drowning in water from Naigombwa swamp. This village has more than 200 residents and we have been falling sick as a result of unsafe water but we thank Hon Magoola and her friends for giving us a borehole,” Mr Peter Tilisoniwa Kakaire, the defence secretary for Nawangisa ‘A’ village said.
Mr Makombe James, the LCII chairperson of Bumoozi parish in Buyanga sub-county and Mr Kakaire Yusuf Mwidu, the direct councillor of Minani parish to Namalemba sub-county commended MAUSA and the woman MP for the achievement and said that the villages have been struggling to access safe water.
The LC1 chairperson of Bupala village Mr Sanyu Godfrey Owino says that some people have been drowning in the wells as they attempt to draw water, saying that it is the fourth borehole in his village in addition to others and said it will help in serving a section of the village given the big population.
According to Water Supply Atlas 2023, Bugweri district has water access rates varying from 47% in Buyanga sub-county to 95% in Namalemba sub-county. Bugweri has 549 domestic water points which serves a total of 133,098 people-118,924 in rural areas.
A total of 19 water points have been non-functional for over 5 years and are considered abandoned according to the Atlas.