Bureaucracy delays rehabilitation of water treatment facilities

By Edwin Muhumuza

Mps on the committee of natural resources have expressed disappointment following  the delay by the ministry of water to embark on the rehabilitation of waste water treatment facilities since 2013.

Chairperson,Elly Asiku grilled Mr. Sowed Sewagudde from Ministry of Water why even the construction of sanitation facilities on lake shores,treatment and disposal of sludge in selected municipal areas of Jinja,Wakiso and Kampala had not taken off.

The cause has been attributed to the slow procurement process that took two years to secure a consultant to undertake the feasilbility study.However,Hon.Asiku noted that the main problem with Ugandan technocrats was poor planning and end result being loss of tax payers money.

The delay in commencement of construction and rehabilitation works had resulted in deteriorating quality of water in Lake Victoria.

Early this year  President Yoweri Museveni commissioned the new Ggaba Water Works that will increase water supply in Kampala from 200 million litres to 250 million litres per day.The $42 million works is funded under the Kampala Water Lake Victoria WatSan Project, that has seen the government and development partners complete rehabilitation of Gaba I & II treatment plants and complete new transmission mains from Gaba to Namasuba.