NWSC Under Fire Over Leaking Sewer Line

1792 Views Kabale, Western Region, Uganda

In short
The air in the area is polluted with a heavy stench from human waste.

Residents of Kabale municipality are protesting the failure by National Water and Sewerage Corporation-NWSC to repair blocked and leaking sewer lines.The most affected areas are Kigongi ward, Central ward and Kabale Municipality Quarters. The air in the area is polluted with a heavy stench from human waste. Jacqueline Nasasira, a resident of Kigongi ward, who owns a restaurant, says leaking sewer line have become a menace to her business.
She says the stench from the sewer line has kept her customers away, which is hurting her business.

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Fausta Kembabazi, who works with Align Restaurant in Kigongi ward, says the situation has worsened.  Kembabazi says instead of compelling the National Water and Sewerage Corporation to work on the blocked and leaking sewer lines, the authorities are forcing them to close business.           
She is worried that if the situation is not addressed soon, they may incur more losses. Pastor James Tumwijukye, the Proprietor Honest Diary says there is need for intervention by the National water and sewerage corporation to save the situation in the area.
Andrew Baija, the Kabale Municipal health inspector has temporarily ordered the closure of some businesses as the situation worsens. They include Honest Diary One and Align Investments, which operates a restaurant, A bar and Pork Joint.
Baija says they moved in to close the businesses that deal in foodstuff to protect residents from contracting hygiene related diseases. Apollo Mwavu, the area manager National water and sewerage corporation say he is aware of the problem and has already dispatched a team to have situation addressed.

He appealed for calm and apologized to residents saying they are doing everything possible to address the situation.


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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.