Construction works of the 22.8 Billion Shillings water project that is also funded by African Development Bank-ADB through the Water Supply and Sanitation Program Phase II (WSSP II) was expected to be completed in one year.
At least 900 of the 2300 residents on Bufumira have migrated to the nearby sub counties of Bubeke in Kalangala District and Kituntu in Mpigi district. Sylvester Ssemugenyi, the LC I secretary Bufumira island, says currently no boat are allowed to fish.
Innocent Tugume, a resident of Kabarebere town council, says farmers are the most affected by the water crisis. Tugume, who owns a piggery farm, says he uses his motorcycle to fetch water about five kilometers away for his farm, which costs him Shillings 5000 each day
The regional retailer Nakumatt closed three of its Uganda outlets last week but the remaining stores lack basic products, with many empty stalls and fridges, Uganda Radio Network has established. There are no beverages in the Oasis Mall outlet. For instance, buyers cant get a 500-millilitre or 300-millilitre plastic bottle of soda in this outlet. There are less than 50 plastic sodas of two-litre volume remaining in this outlet. When our reporter inquired why there are no beverages, an attendant said, They have not been bringing them sodas and water for about two months. Fridges and stalls in the beverages section are empty.
Dr Tom Okurut, the executive director of the National Environment Management Authority-NEMA observes that massive investments in real estate, power dams at Karuma and Isimba as well as ongoing and pending road works, among others, have led to roaring trade in sand and increased interest in sand mining than before.
Barnabas Musimenta, the NWSC technical advisor Muhanga branch, says the Rwahi water project hasnt been abandoned. According to Musimenta, NWSC suspended the works after realizing they need a booster pump to serve the new clients.