Arua RDC to Lead Demo against Water Shortage

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Arua RDC mobilizes for a demonstration against an acute water shortage in his town.

The Arua Resident District Commissioner Ibrahim Abiriga is mobilizing support for a demonstration against water shortages in his town.

Arua is experiencing an acute water shortage caused the breakdown of the National Water and Sewerage Coporation plant in Niva village.  The breakdown means that more than 55,000 people are in dire need of water.

The crisis began when River Enyau, a major water source, dried up. River Enyau is a non-seasonal tributary of the River Nile and this was the first time in decades that it dried up 

When the rains started last week, the Niva water plant was opened for work, but under the strain of months of underutilization, it broke down.

During a ceremony to commemorate World Water Day on Tuesday, Ibrahim Abiriga said the water crisis was causing untold suffering in Arua. He blamed officials of the National Water and Sewerage Corporation of failing to explain exactly what caused the breakdown of the Niva plant and neglecting to prevent the crisis.

Abiriga said that if the shortage continues over the next two days, he will lead a public demonstration against National Water.

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Christopher Mwondha, the area National Water manager, says the breakdown of the Niva plant could not have been anticipated. He said his engineers are working hard to rectify the problem and the RDC is not helping by inciting hatred against the corporation.

Mwondha claims that some of his workers, afraid for their lives, have started leaving Arua.
This is the second time in two years that the Niva village water plant has broken down. Last year it was closed for about one month and residents were forced to fetch water from the highly contaminated River Oli.

Consumption of the contaminated water led to a major cholera outbreak in Arua town.



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Ronald Batre
Ronald Batre is so passionate about journalism that he did not wait to finish school before he started his career. This is how he started with Radio Paidha, The West Niler, Daily Monitor newspapers and later with Radio Pacis as Assistant News Editor.

To be allowed to practice his passion, Batre had struck a deal with his parents. He would complete his education. He kept his word and went through school while suporting himself with his journalism.

Entering the workplace so young attuned Batre to the plight of the youth and those who seek employment. Apart from that, he is interested in reporting about politics, local government, business and the environment. A witness to some of the destructive impact of the Lord's Resistance Army rebellion in northern Uganda, Batre is interested in reporting about peace building efforts too.

Uganda Radio Network's former Gulu bureau chief, Batre is now based in Kampala. He is URN's main politics correspondent. He has been a URN staff member since 2009.