Water Crisis Hits Katuna Town Council

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In short
The lone gravity flow scheme constructed in 2008 under the Kagera Trans-boundary Integrated Water Resource Management Program has been nonfunctional over the last two months triggering a water crisis in the area.

Katuna Town Council in Kabale District has been hit by water crisis following the breakdown of the main gravity flow scheme in Nyakatare Village, Kamugangunzi Sub County.

The lone gravity flow scheme constructed under the Kagera Trans-boundary Integrated Water Resource Management Program in 2008 has been nonfunctional over the last two months triggering a water crisis in the area.

Locals now are condemned to using unhygienic water from the nearby tributary of River Kiruruma. The cost of water has also increased five-fold from 100 Shillings two months ago, to five hundred Shillings for a 20-litre jerrycan.

Eunice Kamusiime, a resident who operates a restaurant at Katuna border says that the water crisis has greatly affected her business. Kamusiime says that she spends almost 30,000 Shillings everyday on water to run the business which includes, among others, a restaurant, bar and loading facilities. The business uses more than 50 jerrycan's of water every day.

Kamusiime wants Katuna Town Council to intervene and resolve the crisis.
 
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Polly Kyomugisha, another resident says that running businesses that consume a lot of water has become too costly for them. Kyomugisha accuses Katuna Town Council authorities for  neglecting public outcry on the water crisis.
 
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Katuna Assistant Town Clerk Eric Sunday says that the pipes supplying water to Katuna Town Council were vandalized by unknown people two months ago. He however calls for patience saying that they are in the process of replacing the vandalized water pipes.
 

 

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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.