than 50 residents of Ssonde in Goma Division, Mukono District have asked for a new
assessment of their property that was damaged by Katosi water pipe.
Two weeks ago, the pipe that delivers water from the Katosi Water Treatment
Plant in Mukono District to the reservoir burstand waterflooded people's houses and plantations
Although the engineers from Sogea Satom Limited later managed to stop the
running water, residents’ properties were damaged. Residents argue that several damaged properties were ignored during the assessment.
Sserunjogi one of the residents says only his perimeter wall was assessed, a
septic tank got filled by water and a car engine stopped working.
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Another resident Dorah Nakyaze says her cassava plantation was destroyed but
the assessment team declined to compensate her saying it was ready to sell.
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Engineer Alex Esagala, the Director of Engineering Services at National Water
and Sewerage Corporation-NWSC says that following the incident, there will be
constant monitoring on the entire pipeline to ensure that such incidents do not
He reveals that at different hills where big tanks are installed, security
alarm systems will be installed to avoid a repeat of what happened.
appeals to residents to remain calm and assured them that the contractor has
been instructed to compensate all affected people.
June, one of the pipes going through Seeta town burst as it was being flashed
leading to flooding. Water gushed from underground, damaging several properties
and bringing business to a halt. The bust water pipe is found at a point where
engineers had planned to release the flashed water into a drainage channel.