Bududa council okays contested water project

By: Mudanga Kolyanga

Bududa: The Bududa District Council has finally agreed to implement the Bududa-Nabweya Gravity Water Flow Scheme.

This was after residents protested the diversion of water supply from Nabweya hill to the district town council.

During a special council session recently, leaders accused the Ministry of Water and Environment and the contractors, Kol-Services Ltd and China Machine Building Corporation, of diverting the project.

The residents said the scheme was originally meant to source water from River Manafwa on Mt Elgon slopes, through Nabweya hill to serve the three sub-counties of Nabweya, Bukigai and Bushilibo.

The alterations meant the scheme would only serve Bududa Town Council and low land areas.

“The people of Nabweya walk down hill for about 10km to fetch water,” said Mr Vincent Kuloba, a councillor representing Bushiribo Sub-county.

Officials from the Ministry of Water, led by assistant commissioner Christopher Tumusime, attended the session last week. The team had gone to sensitise residents about the importance of the project to the livelihood of the people in Bududa.

Mr Tumusime explained to the council that the project design was reviewed to cover a wider scope for purposes of lobbying for financial support from the African Development Bank (ADB).

The government secured a loan from the ADB to, among others, fund the Bududa-Nabweya gravity scheme at a cost of Shs19.5 billion. The project is to be implemented in two phases: Phase I will cost Shs13.5 billion and Phase II Shs6 billion.

The Bududa District chairman, Mr John Baptist Nambeshe, and the chief administrative officer, Mr Fred Mukasa Kizito, told the council that the officials were called in following protests by the intended beneficiaries.

“Our request is that people calm down to have the project completed,” said Mr Nambeshe.

After lengthy deliberations, councillors resolved that the contractor should be recalled on site to begin works on the project.

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