There is a bitter row between youths and Nakaloke Town Council leadership in Mbale district over the construction
of a borehole on a sports ground. Trouble started after the town council
drilled a borehole behind a goal post.
The borehole was sunk
with funding from Bank of Uganda. According to information obtained by our reporter,
the central bank donated over Shillings 100million to Mbale district local
government last year for a water project.
The district awarded the
water project to Nakaloke Town Council to address the challenge of water
scarcity. The project is expected to be completed before the end of this month. However, the project has met stiff resistance from the youths who are opposed
to the ongoing construction of a water house on the football pitch.
They have asked the
town council authorities and project contractor to break the water house and
extend it away from its current location. The youth claim that the water house
has covered the corner line and might injure players if left the way it is.
Christopher Malinga, a resident of Nakaloke town council, says they will not
allow the town council to proceed with the project unless the water house is
//Cue in; “We resolved
Cue out…be changed”//
Yusuf Kadama alias Fab K, the Nakaloke Town Council Youth Councilor, says there
is a plan to grab the land under the pretext of the water project. He says they
had agreed that the water pump be installed away from the football pitch but
they were surprised when the contractor did otherwise.
//Cue in; “Ate ba leaders…
Cue out…fena tugayilwamu.”//
But Alon Mulyanyuma,
the Town Clerk Nakaloke Town council, says the youths are being used by the
politicians for selfish interests. He says
the biggest challenge of Nakaloke town Council is a shortage of water and wonders
why some people would fight a project aimed at helping residents.
that they struggled to find a place whose table-level is high in the entire
the town council and only found it on the pitch.
//Cue in; “We
Cue out…bank of Uganda”//
Simon Peter Wandera, the Mbale District Water Officer, says the bank gave the
district money to give the health centre a facelift and provide to the health
Facility and the community. He is worried that they may lose the project should
the disagreements continue because the financial year is coming to a close.
//Cue in; “Lack of awareness…
Cue out…at 95%.”//
By the time of filing this story, the youths had broken the water house and
after agreeing with the contractor to extend from the pitch.
Kirinya Ayubu is the URN Bureau Chief of Elgon/Bukedi Sub Regions . He holds a Bachelors Degree in Mass Communication from Islamic University in Uganda and a Diploma in Computer Science and Information Technology from the same University.