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Bulumbi Sub-county Share Water Sources With Animals

Alex Ngolobe Musana, one of the residents says that it has become costly to manage his home due to rampant water-borne diseases affecting his family members. He reveals that he spends not less than Shillings 50,000 to treat the more than 15 family members each time they develop stomach complications because of drinking dirty water.
A man fetching water at Bubolwa B village

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Residents of Bulumbi Sub-county in Busia district share unprotected water sources with animals. The most affected are residents of Bubolwa B, Buhauli A, Bubolwa central, Bulecha, Buhauli central, Butesa, Butongi, Nanjere, Mukera and Buhone village.  

Jane Ngolobe, Musa Mukisa and Alex Ngolobe are from Bubolwa B village. They explain that they trek a distance of over 2kilometers to access water from unprotected well for domestic use. They say that whenever they find cows watering, they have to wait for more than 15 minutes for the water to settle before the can fetch some for domestic use.

Alex Ngolobe Musana, one of the residents says that it has become costly to manage his home due to rampant water-borne diseases affecting his family members. He reveals that he spends not less than Shillings 50,000 to treat the more than 15 family members each time they develop stomach complications because of drinking dirty water.  

Luganda audio:

//Cue in: "Obuzibu wano obwamazzi...  

Cue out:... gavument etuyambe Tuli bubi"//

Musa Mukisa, another resident says that they always try to clean the spring well on the village but the biggest challenge is that after cleaning it, livestock farmers take there their animals for watering. He says that they sometimes find Baboons and Monkeys from Busitema forest drinking from the same well.  

English audio:

//Cue in: "Monkeys and Baboons...

Cue out:...and get water,"//

Jane Ngolobe, another resident says that she developed stomach complications two days ago and is struggling with treatment because of drinking contaminated water. She says that they used to collect rainwater from their neighbours with permanent houses but they are currently experiencing a dry spell.

Samia audio:

//Cue in: "Huli husanda muno...

Cue out:...bulu mumwalo kuno"//

Patrick Wesonga, the Bubolwa B Village LC 1 Chairperson, says that the available borehole, which is in the neighbouring village, is over 2kilometers away. He says that this forces the residents to fetch water from the unprotected spring wells.  

Luganda audio:

//Cue in: "Amaazi tuliina Obuzibu...

Cue out:... nayenga gavument tetuyamba"//

Ismael Benard Wesonga, the Bulumbi Sub-county LC 3 chairperson, says the entire sub-county is facing a water crisis. He says the few boreholes found in eight villages cannot serve the entire population in the sub-county.  

English audio:

//Cue in: "Which water sources...

Cue out:...access this water,"//

Stephen Mugeni Wasike, the Busia District LC V chairman, says that the district managed to drill 9 boreholes last year, which he says are inadequate. He says that they have plans of drilling 19 more boreholes. 

He, however, says that even these are not sufficient for the 20 sub-counties, some of which have over fifty villages.

//Cue in: "This is genuine...

Cue out:...the deep boreholes,"//

Geoffrey Wandera, the Busia district water officer, says water coverage in the district stands at  85% meaning that some places still have a challenge of accessing safe water. He, however, says that their hands are tied given the limited budget.    

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