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Delayed Completion of UGX 22.8Bn Water Project Irks Kagadi Residents

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.
Employees deployed by the Contractor digging trenches where pipes will be installed.

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Residents of Kagadi, Muhorro, Kyenzige and Ruteete town councils in Kagadi district have protested the delayed completion of a gravity water flow project. 

In December 2018, the Ministry of Water and Environment embarked on the construction of a gravity water flow project to benefit residents in the four town councils. The contract was awarded to Samcrete Engineers and Contractors’ Construction Company limited.   

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.   

However, three years after the contract was awarded, residents are yet to benefit from the project.

Xavier Joseph Kiiza, a resident of Kyenzige town council wonders why some villages earmarked to benefit from the water project have not been connected. He faults the contractor for not honouring the agreement it signed with the government.

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Mustafa Luganda-Kulya, a resident of Kagadi town council tasks the contractor to explain why they have delayed completing the project. He wants the water project to be completed soon to enable residents to access clean water. 

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Yosia Ndibwami the Kagadi LCV Chairperson has also expressed dissatisfaction with the contractor for having delayed completion of the water project. 

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Henry Kayuwa, the site engineer for Samcrete engineers and contractors' construction Company limited says the completion rate stands at 90%. He adds that so far 295 households have been connected to the piped water.

He attributes the delays in the completion of the water project to the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic that compelled them to halt works. He adds that land disputes in areas where the project was supposed to go through and poor mobilization of residents to embrace the implementation of the project affected the completion. 

Kayuwa says the project will be completed by the end of this month.  

Once completed, the project is expected to enhance the provision of water supply and sanitation facilities to over 90,000 households in Kagadi, Muhorro, Ruteete and Kyenzige town councils since most of the residents fetch water from swamps and unclean water wells, putting their lives at risk of contracting diseases.  

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