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Aisha Nanyanzi, a resident of Kaitabawala village, says her makeshift house where she lives with her children has become uncomfortable because of the bad smell from the broken sewerage.
Maize and banana gardens flooded with sewerage.

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The sewer line from the UPDF Senior Command and Staff College Kimaka in Jinja has burst flooding resident’s homes in Kaitabawala village in Mafubira Sub County.  

Residents say the waste from the sewer line has mixed with rain water causing a foul smell in the area.

Aisha Nanyanzi, a resident of Kaitabawala village, says her makeshift house where she lives with her children has become uncomfortable because of the bad smell from the broken sewerage. 

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Hajjirah Kiwagala, another resident, says that the sewer has been affecting them since 2016 and nothing has been done by the army leadership to rectify it.   

She says they have been fetching water from the neighboring well but ever since the sewer line broke down a week ago, the water is contaminated.

  

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Lazia Nalweyiso, another resident says children in the community play in the water from the sewer line, adding that unless worked on immediately they might drown in it. 

Nalweyiso says the broken sewer line has blocked access to the nearby schools yet the second term is expected to start on Monday.  

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Rodgers Mudeme, whose cattle farm was flooded by the sewage on Wednesday, says he had to shift his cows to a better place from where they could access clean water. 

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Charles Kimonyo, the area LC 1 chairperson, says the sewage has blocked feeder roads, which has hindered residents from accessing their homes.

He also notes that the sewage waste has contaminated water source, saying it may lead to the spread of sanitation related illnesses. 

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The Jinja Zone UPDF spokesperson, George Musinguzi denies the claims, stressing that their sewer line is well maintained. 

He says the foul smell affecting residents is as result of waste released by local brew factories within Mpumudde-Kimaka division.

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Rajab Kiito, the spokesperson Jinja municipality, says municipal council engineers together with their counterparts from the district headquarters have inspected the scene and are liaising with the residents to resolve the mess.