The National Water and Sewerage Corporation-NWSC is on the spot for abandoning the extension of water services to Rwahi Trading centre in Kayonza sub county in Ntungamo district. Rwahi trading center is popular for onion growing.
It is also hosts various institutions among them four primary schools, five churches and a Mosque. In April 2016, NWSC embarked on the extension of water services to Rwahi trading centre. The corporation asked residents to allow them lay pipes through their land.
In some areas the pipes were laid. However, the employees of NWSC withdrew from the project under unclear circumstances leaving more than 1000 residents who had applied for the water stranded. Currently, residents depend on a single shallow well and dug out ponds for water.
James Tumukunde operates a restaurant in Rwahi Trading center.
According to Tumukunde, they were excited when NWSC embarked on the extension of water services to the area. He however, says to his disappointment NWSC abandoned the project without any communication to the intended beneficiaries.
Loyda Mashemere, a resident along Nyamiyaga road in Rwahi trading center, says at the start of the project they were told they would have piped water by June but to date nothing is on the ground. Stephen Sabit, the LC II chairperson Katooma Parish, says the only two water wells that were serving the community broken down.
Ely Niwandinda, the Health Assistant Kayonza Sub County, says the situation in Rwahi trading center is pathetic. According to Niwandinda, residents have no option but to struggle for the little unsafe water available.
Niwandinda says they have been engaging NWSC to resume the works.
Nicholas Asiimwe Mwamba, the Kayonza sub county LC 3 chairperson, says the issue of water in Rwahi trading center and the neighboring areas is a serious challenge.
Barnabas Musimenta, the NWSC technical advisor Muhanga branch, says the Rwahi water project hasn’t been abandoned. According to Musimenta, NWSC suspended the works after realizing they need a booster pump to serve the new clients.
Musimenta says work will resume when they receive the booster pump from NWSC headquarters probably before the festive season.