Ntungamo's Biggest Gravity Flow Scheme Left to Waste

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In short
The scheme constructed in 1967 has been supplying water to key institutions across the district, among them, Itojo Hospital, Itojo Primary School and Ruhanga Secondary School among others. The scheme is also the main source of water for domestic use and farming activities in Itojo Sub County.

Kagorogoro gravity flow scheme, the biggest scheme in Ntungamo district has been left to waste.

The scheme constructed in 1967 has been supplying water to key institutions across the district, among them, Itojo Hospital, Itojo Primary School and Ruhanga Secondary School among others. The scheme is also the main source of water for domestic use and farming activities in Itojo Sub County.

Despite its value, the scheme has been vandalized and abandoned and as a result, thousands of locals have to trek distances to find alternative water sources which are sometimes unsafe for consumption.

Jackson Tumukunde, a resident of Ihanga says that the tap stands are nonfunctional and the water sources have been affected by silting due to lack of repairs. Dickson Begumanya, another resident says that some of the pipes and the tap stands were vandalized by unidentified people adding that locals are now struggling to access water.

Sandra Beyunga, a resident of Kahunga trading center told our reporter that the destruction of the scheme has posed great challenges on their side. She says authorities have also ignored an offer by the locals to provide free labour for the rehabilitation of the scheme.

Similarly, Denis Muhumuza Savimbi, the Itojo Sub County Councillor says that the state of the scheme is a big challenge to the communities. He says that he reported vandalism of the scheme by scrap dealers and the need to repair key points to the district in vain.

Savimbi says that despite the fact that the source has enough water for the population in the area; people in the Sub County are struggling to access water due to the present condition of the scheme.
 
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Ntungamo District Vice Chairperson Sakina Ampaire told our reporter that the authorities plan to assess the magnitude of the damage on the scheme before any action is taken. She says that the scheme is not in the budget but will be given a first priority in the next budget.

 

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Anthony Kushaba
For Anthony Kushaba, journalism is not just a job; it is a calling. Kushaba believes journalism is one of the few platforms where the views of the oppressed and margainalised can be heard. This is what his journalism aims to do: bring to light untold stories.

Kushaba is the Mbarara region URN bureau chief. Mitooma, Ntungamo, Bushenyi, Sheema, Isingiro, and Kiruhura districts fall under his docket. Kushaba has been a URN staff member since 2012.

Kushaba is a journalism graduate from Uganda Christian University Study Centre at Bishop Barham College in Kabale. Before joining URN, Kushaba worked with Voice of Kigezi (2008), Bushenyi FM (2010) and later on to Voice of Muhabura.

Kushaba's journalism interests centre on conflict, peace and electoral reporting. Kushaba occasionally writes on tourism, health, religion and education. He describes himself as highly driven and will pursue a tip until it yields a story.