Masaka Sewage Plant Construction to Begin After NWSC Awarded Land

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Joseph Mugenyi, the Masaka Branch Manager NWSC says when they went to start clearing the land for the construction to start, the Municipality blocked them on grounds that the land had mistakenly been allocated to them.

Masaka district land board and Masaka Municipality have finally allocated an alternative piece of land to National Water and Sewerage Corporation to kick start construction of stalled sewage booster in the town.
In 2010, National Water and Sewerage Corporation procured a half an acre land near Masaka Academy Secondary school to construct a sewage booster replacing the dilapidated Bukoyolo recycling plant.
The Bukoyolo Sewage recycling plant had started to overflow affecting Soweto, Bata cell and Ssenyange zones.
NWSC had indicated that construction of the new Sewage recycling plant would start in 2012. The project was however unable to take off after it was discovered that the same piece of land NWSC purchased had been sold to another developer. 
Joseph Mugenyi, the Masaka Branch Manager NWSC, says that the water body petitioned Masaka district land board.
Mugenyi says NWSC has now been granted another piece of land in compensation.
The land is also located just adjacent to the old plot near Ambience Discotheque.
He says although the project has delayed, he expects the construction of the new recycling plant to start in two months.
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Peter Ssenkungu, the Masaka  District Land Board Chairperson, declined to reveal who bought the piece of land NSWC was supposed to occupy.
Godfrey Kayemba, the Masaka Mayor, says the council approved the allocation of alternative space to address the poor sanitation and stench caused by the dilapidated recycling plant. He says they realized that the first plot had been illegally allocated and was not suitable for a recyling plant.
Kayemba has urged National Water and Sewerage Corporation to expedite the construction of new plant.


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Edward Bindhe
Bindhe prides himself on being a part of the society he writes about. He believes there is no way a journalist can understand his society unless it considers him a part of it. This is why he is dedicated to investigating the challenges of the "little person."

Bindhe says, "My work reflects the Uganda Radio Network unique approach to news." Not many Ugandan journalists would consider or even notice the re-emergence of Water Hyacinth on a lake. Bindhe does.

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Edward Bindhe is the Masaka URN bureau chief. Rakai, Lwengo, Lyantonde, Kalangala, Mpigi, Kalungu, Bukomansimbi and Sembabule districts fall under his docket. He has been a URN staff member since 2009.

A Mass Communication graduate from Uganda Christian University, Bindhe started practising journalism in 2008 as a reporter for Radio Buddu in Masaka district.