The residents say that water scarcity is affecting the general well-being of their community as well as the day-to-day activities in their homes as women and children are forced to trek for over 6km in search of safe drinking water which they say has been time-consuming. Now they are up in arms against their leaders for failing to provide them with near-safe water for years although it has been a promise in every political campaign.
Maria Tindimuzare an 80 years old disabled woman who stays alone in a house in Mpungu Parish, Hamurwa Sub-county neighboring Minister Musasizi’s residence narrates to our reporter how she goes for about 2 or 3 days without eating because of lack of water even when food to cook is there.
Tindimuzare added that in the dry season it’s always a big challenge for her to access water because she is unable to afford a water collecting tank to store clean water for future use.
Tindimuzare adds that in some cases due to water problems in the area, her stored rainwater in the house is sometimes stolen by other people which leaves her with no water for household purposes such as cooking, drinking, and washing.
According to Amon Byamukama one of the residents our report found fetching water during day time at the nearest source says that they use about 4 hours daily to get water from the well a thing that has been a challenge to the community.
He added that their issue to their area member of parliament who doubles as State Minister for Finance Hon Henry Musasizi who kept a deaf ear about the matter.
Residents also add that due to the long distances they move in search of water, they are worried about the crimes that may rise on the routes used to the water source because the only water source the community uses is located in the middle of the forest.
The area LC 1 chairperson of Bushure Village in Mpungu parish, Hamurwa Sub-county Andrew Byaruhanga says that they are worried about their children, especially the girls who are likely to be caught up by time while fetching water at night saying that they can be open to crimes such as rape. Byaruhanga adds that their area Member of Parliament who also stays in the same community asked them to document the challenges they face in the area and they presented the issue of water scarcity first but unfortunately it’s a year now with no positive response.
The former aspirant for the Rubanda District Woman Member of Parliament race, Hon Evelyn Kikafunda who also resides in the same community says that walking for more than 3 hours in search of water is time-consuming and that diseases have been raising due to the lack of water. She calls for urgent interventions by the government and other partners to address the water crisis in the Hamurwa sub-county.
The Hamurwa Sub County Chairperson LC 3 Stansirus Tumwesigye says that due to the hilly terrain of the area, the sub-county has faced a huge challenge of water scarcity which has pushed patients who attend certain health centers to carry water for use. He adds that girls have faced challenges due to the long routes they trek in search of water.
Our efforts to reach the Rubanda District chairperson Stephen Kasyaba were futile as his his Known phone numbers were not available by the time of filing this story.
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