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Lwengo Water Crisis Worsens as Community Dam Dries Up

According to Sansa, the dam was last rehabilitated in 1990s by the then area Member of Parliament the late Kezimbira Miyingo.
Eddie Sansa, Lwengo resident of Lwengo shows the drying up community valley dam

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Kyanamilira dam has dried up worsening the water crisis in Lwengo Sub County and Lwengo town council. Kyanamilira dam was built in the 1960\'s by Sir Edward Muteesa, the Kabaka of Buganda.

It has been the only source of water for residents around Mbirizi, Kyelime, Namaganda, Kyengeza and Kitakomaga. Eddie Sansa, a resident of Lwengo blames the drying up of the dam to years of neglect.  

According to Sansa, the dam was last rehabilitated in 1990s by the then area Member of Parliament the late Kezimbira Miyingo. 

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Sansa says the drying up of the dam has left thousands of residents in the area without clean water. He says they want Ministry of Water and Environment to help rehabilitate the dam before drought worsens.

Josephine Namugerwa, a resident of Namaganda village says she spends ten thousand shillings every two days to buy water. She says given her unstable income, she now finds it difficult to spend more on water. 

Namugerwa has vowed not to vote any leaders who have failed to deliver on their promise to address the water problem in the area.

On Friday, our reporter found five children drawing dirty water from Kyanamilira dam. 13- year-old Shamira Nakazzi said although the water is dirty, they still use it.

Christopher Ssekaddu, the Lwengo Town Council councilor says they are now looking for over 36million shillings to pay National Water and Sewarage cooperation to extend water services to the affected areas.

Ssekaddu says they have organised a marathon they have named Run-For water to raise money for this cause.

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George Mutabaazi, the Lwengo LC5 Chairman confirms the water problem in the district. 

According to Mutabaazi, he has secured subsidised water tanks for distribution to the most affected communities for rain water harvesting.

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