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Youths, Town Council Disagree on Construction of Borehole on Football Pitch

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 on the pitch is broken.
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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 broken.

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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.  

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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.

Mulyanyuma explains 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.

 

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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.  

 

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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.                                

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