February 27, 2024

Kagadi Piped Water Contractor Hints on Completion

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Closed site offices found in Kagadi Town

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By: Charles Agaba

KAGADI

The Kagadi fated water project whispers a promising sound after the MidWest Umbrella of water and sanitation commit to join hands with the contractors in rectifying some maiden errors so that people can attain the intended water service.

This comes at a time when SAMCRET Company that was contracted to construct piped water in four town councils of Kagadi, Kyenzige, Muhorro and Ruteete all in Kagadi district failed to hit the ultimatum of completing the project within a period of one year in 2019.

On Tuesday, the technocrats from the ministry of water and Sewerage Corporation together with Umbrella of water and sanitation made a fact finding mission to have a detailed report on the remaining toil.

In an interview with Nettl Media shortly after the supervision, Gilbert Byamugisha the manager Mid-West Umbrella of water and sanitation assured the general public that despite the errors done by the contractor, they are committed to cooperate with them to have water flow to people.

Eric Musana Acaali, the Buyaga East legislature said he has been receiving a lot of complaints from the public who paid connectivity fees but since they had never received any water tap.

MP Musana based on this agenda and assured the general public that as a law maker he’s going to write to the committee of Natural resources in parliament in case the contractor fails to make it in two to three weeks.

Project Camp found in Kagadi Town council

Benjamin Tumusiime, the Kagadi district deputy RDC said a lot of work is done and since the Umbrella has joined the team, people should expect water soon.

Meanwhile Geoffrey Businge, the Mayor Kagadi town council said despite the lightheartedness of contractors over the unending challenges in the project, they are showing a promising mind.

During the project supervision there were some errors encountered and the ministry technocrats squeezed the contractors that led some officials to limit the work of journalists.

The project supposedly meant to supply water to 4 town councils of Muhorro, Kagadi, Kyenzige and Ruteete was a one year project launched in December, 2018 and was supposed to be commissioned by December 2019 but up-to-date no water flow in the pipes.

Local leaders say this has been a boundless disappointment to the people of Kagadi who currently have no clean and safe water to use for both home and domestic livestock.

Water-taps-fixed-in-Kagadi-Town-being-covered-by-polythene-papers Photo by Thomas Tumwebaze

In 2018, the Ministry of Water and Environment established the Water and Sanitation Development Facility – Central (WSDF-C) for enhanced provision of water supply and sanitation facilities to small towns in Uganda.

The Government of Uganda secured loan financing from the African Development Bank for the Water Supply and Sanitation Program Phase II (WSSP II) and committed part of the funds towards the implementation of Kagadi Piped Water Supply System which has stalled to date.

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