By Jeff Andrew Lule
The Catholic Church has partnered with National Water and Sewerage Cooperation (NWSC) to campaign against the rampant illegal connections around the country.
The NWSC executive director, Dr. Silver Mugisha said the vice had failed the agency’s national rollout programme to the targeted areas.
“Our target is to cover 80% in the next five years but we are constrained by funds. We are now in only 40 districts. We lose a lot of revenue due to illegal connections and I think this partnership can help us,” he said.
Mugisha said while handing over a donation of items to the Archbishop of Kampala, Cyprian Kizito Lwanga at the Mapeera Bakateyambas’ Home Nalukolongo in Rubaga division yesterday (Wednesday).
The home caters for the disabled, elderly and destitute.
They donated food items including 500kg of sugar, 10kgs of beans, rice, and beans, mosquito nets, 500litres of liquid soap, bathing soap, washing soap, 50 pair of bed sheets and blankets, Jerry-cans and buckets among others.
NWSC staff also participated in general community service activities including mopping, sweeping, washing and painting among others.
The Archbishop of Kampala Archdiocese, Dr. Cyprian Kizito Lwanga and NWSC staff greeting some of the patients at Bakateyemba Home at Nalukolongo in Rubaga division. Photo by Jeff Andrew Lule
Mugisha told the Archbishop that the agency cannot effectively get involved in the social cooperate responsibility if the vice is not stopped.
“We think the Church can help us sensitize people on the effects of illegal water connections,” he said.
In his speech, Lwanga (Archbishop) said they were ready to partner with NWSC to end the vice.
“We are going to use our podiums to campaign against this vice among our followers. I am going to communicate to my fellow clergy to sensitize our people,” he said.
Lwanga asked people to stop stealing water because it affects the works of the agency to expand their services to other areas with water scarcity.
“Stealing is bad. I urge all people to stop it now because it affects many things like the social cooperate social responsibility which involves supporting the needy,” he added.
Lwanga promised to engage other fellow religious leaders from other faiths to support the partnership to fight the vice.
The Archbishop of Kampala Archdiocese, Dr. Cyprian Kizito Lwanga and NWSC staff visiting one of the very weak patients. Photo by Jeff Andrew Lule. March 19, 2014.
He thanked NWSC staff for their good gesture of considering to support the need. “I call on other companies and other government agencies to come to our rescue. The call of a good Samaritans is for all people,” he added.
He said Jesus came to give spiritual and physical life. The home uses sh950,500 every week and sh3.802m per months to run activities of the home.
The home administrator, Sister Teresa of Avira Basemera said the home accommodates 300 but only has 101 in mates due to financial constraints.
They plan to construct a commercial building to raise income generation and set up a functional clinic with permanent staff.
The home depends on well-wishers, local donors from people of goodwill and Kampala Arch-Diocese.