Regionals
Leaders fear to take over water projects
Publish Date: Feb 14, 2014
Leaders fear to take over water projects
Ochen and Matua commissioning one of the water points in Lamwo district. Some local leaders are hesitant to receive water schemes due to insecurity. PHOTO/Agnes Nantambi
  • mail
  • img
newvision

By Agnes Nantambi

Leaders from five sub-counties in Lamwo and Kitgum districts declined to take over water supply projects extended to their areas by the Ministry of Water and Environment, citing lack of security for the facilities.

The projects are in Lagoro and Namukora sub-counties in Kitgum as well as Madi-Opei, Paroga and Palabek-Ogiri sub-counties in Lamwo.

The projects constructed under the Energy for Rural Transformation phase 2 project with support from the World Bank, use solar panels to power the pumping of water from the boreholes to the reservoir tanks and to supply taps.

After commissioning of the sh2.7b project at Madi-Opei sub-county headquarters recently, the leaders highlighted lack of security for the solar equipment, saying they did not have the capacity to provide security.

The project is part of the $8.9m of (about sh22.25b) water component the World Bank funded through the energy ministry and was contracted to Communications and Accessories Ltd.

“We are not ready to receive the water schemes because we are not sure of the security. If one solar panel is stolen, it can lead to the collapse of the entire system, which can affect the water supply to the people,” said Richard Okuna, the Madi-Opei sub-county chief.

The area LC3 chairman, Charles Obong Okwera, noted that solar panels were on high demand in the region yet they have no security for the facilities.

The issue of security for the facilities came up after the contractor said the beneficiaries were responsible for their safety.

However, the Lamwo district LC5 chairman, Matthew Ochen, said the district council would work on the security.

Richard Matua, the principal engineer in the Ministry of Water and Environment who commissioned the five schemes, asked the contractor to co-operate and take charge of security for this month as a solution is being sought.

“As a ministry, we have delivered, so please maintain the schemes well and guard them jealously,” he said.

Matua also asked the northern umbrella for water and sanitation to train the district water boards to start collecting money to sustain the schemes.

The statements, comments, or opinions expressed through the use of New Vision Online are those of their respective authors, who are solely responsible for them, and do not necessarily represent the views held by the staff and management of New Vision Online.

New Vision Online reserves the right to moderate, publish or delete a post without warning or consultation with the author.Find out why we moderate comments. For any questions please contact digital@newvision.co.ug

  • mail
  • img
blog comments powered by Disqus
Also In This Section
New HIV/AIDS campaign launched
The Director General Uganda AIDS Commission, Christine Ondoa has launched a campaign dubbed “Zip up 256” aimed at young people in the fight against HIV/AIDS....
Bobi Wine calls for harsh punishment for corrupt officials
Musician, Robert Kyagulanyi aka Bobi Wine has joined the anti-corruption campaign by supporting a move by the Civil Society organization to deny suspects court bail....
Uganda starts preparing for Pope
The Archbishop of Kampala Diocese Cyprian Kizito Lwanga has started a fundraising drive expected to collect millions of shillings needed to redevelop the Namugongo Uganda Martyrs shrine....
IGG, civil society start campaign to shame corrupt officials
The Inspectorate of government has teamed up with civil society organizations on a country-wide campaign to sensitize the general public in the struggle against corruption....
President Museveni hails Banakaroli Brothers
President Museveni has hailed the Kiteredde Banakalori brothers in Rakai district for their developmental programs which have transformed the communities in the area....
Kitgum gets sh50m for maternal health project
Atleast sh50m was realised in cash and pledges for Irene Gleeson Foundation (IGF) maternal health project in Kitgum district....
Do you think the National Census positively contributes to improved Livelihood in Uganda?
Yes
No
Can't Say
follow us
subscribe to our news letter