National Water and Sewerage Corporation (NWSC) has extended its water supply to Kitagata town in Sheema District western Uganda.
The water project was launched yesterday by Minister of State for Water Hon. Ronald Kibuule alongside NWSC MD Eng. Silver Mugisha, Sheema Woman MP Hon Jacklet Atuhaire, MP Sheema South Hon.Ephraim Kamuntu, Minister of Science, Technology and Innovation Dr. Elioda Tumwesigye among others.
During the event held at Kitagata Sub County offices earlier this week, Sheema Woman MP Hon Jacklet Atuhairwe said bringing safe water will improve the lives of the people most especially the women. NWSC should count on our support.
Dr. Eng Silver Mugisha, MD NWSC said, “We have to serve the people. Our model is strictly a service delivery model (water for all) I therefore humbly request that let’s not politicize service delivery. Water is colourless meaning that we don’t focus on any party or party colour. The MD was making clarification and setting the record straight as some politicians had started politicising service delivery.
“We take quality very serious. I therefore caution the contractors not to comprise the quality of Bushenyi-Sheema water supply and sanitation project. The people here too will supervise this project,” he said. He also sensitized the people in the local language talking about issues of water quality, price using the jerry can model among many others.
The Minister of Science, Technology and Innovation Dr. Elioda Tumwesigye said his Ministry is working on innovations to support NWSC. “We are working on better technology to help reduce pollution and water treatment costs. These technologies will help improve NWSC works and help to reduce water treatment costs,” Elioda said. He further applauded NWSC for the commitment towards service delivery. “We can all agree this is the best team NWSC has had. The board, management and staff are amazing,” he concluded.
“I totally agree with previous speakers and am always proud to say this…This is the most professional and practical board I have ever come across. The Management and staff of NWSC are super!” Hon Ephraim Kamuntu.
The MP went ahead and educated the residents on how each household can improve their lives using safe water.
Speaking to the guests, Guest of honour Hon Kibuule Ronald urged residents to support NWSC by paying for water and further cautioned the committees in charge of public stand pipes not to increase the cost of a jerrycan.
“It is now government policy that each village should have access to clean safe water.”
Answering to disputes from residents who don’t want water to run from their district to another, Hon Kibuule Ronald gave residents a practical example.
“These rivers run day and night whether we are sleeping or awake. Even when we die the rivers, streams and lakes still run. This is how God made it and we should not be selfish with God’s works,” he said.
He thanked former Water and Environment Minister Hon Ephraim Kamuntu for the passion he had towards service delivery. “We did most of these works together as a team. I learnt from him to always build teams and collectively achieve,” Kibuule added.