Water Crisis Hits More Villages in Kisoro District

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Today, residents collect water from swamps which are jointly shared with animals. The water is evidently dirty, unsafe and not fit for human consumption, a situation that residents say is exposing them to diseases.

A severe shortage of water has hit the sub counties of Kanaba and Nyakabande in Kisoro District, western Uganda.  It has mostly affected the areas of Gasiza, Gisorora and Rwingwe in Nyakabande Sub County and Kigezi and Mahindura in Kanaba Sub County.

Today, residents collect water from swamps which are jointly shared with animals. The water is evidently dirty, unsafe and not fit for human consumption, a situation that residents say is exposing them to diseases.

Teopista Uzamukunda, a resident of Kigezi cell, Gisorora parish-Nyakabande Sub County says that their food now changes color to black when they use the same water for cooking.  She wants the District leadership to intervene and extend gravity flow schemes to the area.
 
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Richard Nsengiyunva, a resident from Kanaba Sub County wonders why safe water still eludes the area despite numerous political promises.
 
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Joseph Nizeye Wa-senkoko, the Kanaba Sub County chairperson says that locals now trek more than six kilometers to Kigezi swamp to fetch water.

He adds that the problem is worsened by the destruction of the provisional gravity flow scheme that used to supply safe water from Echuya Forest Reserve to the two sub counties. The gravity flow scheme was damaged during the construction of Kanaba Murola road three months ago.
 
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Kisoro District Chairperson Abel Bizimana says the District is aware of the crisis. He adds that the district is in talks with Water Virunga Trans-boundary Collaboration, a Non-Government Organization from Netherlands to construct a gravity flow scheme from Virunga Mountains to the needy areas.
 
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The crisis started in the sub counties of Nyarusiza and Muramba where all clean water sources have dried up following a dry spell that hit the area towards the end of last year.  In the area, residents would trek over 10-kilometers to fetch water from Chuho water source in Nyakabande Sub County, one of the biggest water sources in the District.

 

About the author

Samuel Amanya
Samuel Amanya is the Kigezi Region URN bureau chief. Kabale, Kisoro, Kanungu and Rukungiri districts fall under his docket. Samuel Amanya has been a Uganda Radio Network reporter since August 2016. Before becoming a URN staff reporter, Amanya had written for the network for several years as a freelancer.


Amanya was also a Voice of Kigezi reporter from 2011 to 2016.


A journalism graduate from African College of Commerce Kabale, Amanya values his independence. Amanya says URN is a home for his talent because it lets him explore his journalistic interests without limits.

Amanya is fascinated by the crime beat and some of his best stories have come out of that interest. Amanya says he aims to be all round beat reporter.