Bududa Residents Protest Diversion Of Water Project

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Residents of Bududa on Monday stormed the district headquarters in a peaceful demonstration to protest the diversion of a 13.7 billion-shilling gravity water project.

Residents of Bududa district on Monday stormed the district headquarters in a peaceful demonstration to protest the diversion of a 13.7 billion shillings gravity water project.
 
The angry residents from the sub counties of Nabweya, Bukigai and Bushiribo, claim that in 1989 during his visit to the area, President Yoweri Museveni made a directive to the then Ministry of Lands, Water and Environment to have a line of gravity water from Bushiyi forest to Nabweya hill.
 
They say the water supply was meant to serve them in the three sub-counties of Nabweya, Bukigai and Bushiribo.
 
The water project was funded by the Netherlands government together with Uganda.
 
Julius Wabula, one of the protesters says they are disappointed to see the water line diverted to the lower areas of Bulucheke, Bukigai and Bududa Town Council instead of the intended areas. They are demanding that the project follows its former plan.
 
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Dambio Brian Ochola, the project site engineer for CMIC-KOL Company Limited, which is constructing the water system says they are following the design that is in the contract they signed with the Ministry of Water and Environment.
 
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John Baptist Nambeshe, the Bududa district Local Council 5 chairman is equally shocked by the diversion. Nambeshe blames the Ministry of Water and Environment for not consulting the district over the diversion adding that the act is fishy. He claims the project was diverted by the perpetrators who want to benefit from the money.
 
He says the three sub counties that were meant to benefit from the water project are located on the hill and share very few water sources. He says the water project was to relieve them from the water problem.
 
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An emergency meeting called by the district authorities after the protest resolved that both the contractor and the Ministry of Water and Environment meet again on Thursday to resolve the irregularities in the said project.