By Steven Ariong
MOROTO: The sluggish speed of constructing Shs5 billion water system in Moroto district has angered residents in the area threatening to demonstrate to the office of the chief administrative officer Moroto.
On November 3rd, 2022, the Ministry of Water and Environment held a groundbreaking ceremony to kickstart the construction works by C & Gandijes construction limited at Kakingole village in Katikekile sub-county in Moroto district.
However, from that time no work has started since the ground breaking ceremony took place.
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Although Johnosn Opige the manager water and sanitation development in the ministry of water in-charge of Karamoja claims the contractor was at work, residents say no single contractor is at the site.
Mark Lomogin, a resident in the area told this website that ever since the ministry of water and environment team went for the ground breaking ceremony, they have never returned to the ground.
“We are not seeing any reality from this projects because this not the first time grand breaking ceremony for the same project is taking place and never materialize and we are wandering why people in government keep on using us as their eating plates,”Lamogin says.
Peter Lokoru another resident said protesting was the only option for them to show their dissatisfaction with government over empty projects.
Mary Nasike another resident said they are used to sharing dirty water with animals in the river spring and that people should not play with their problems.
“We know we dont have government to give us services, people are using our population for their own benefits but not giving services to us so they should leave us alone,”-she lamented
Last month, Eng Gabriel Adii, the general manager of C&G Andijes construction limited told the media that the delayed commencement of the works was due to poor design.
Kakingol located in Katikekile sub county has a population of about 400,000 people who have been sharing water with animals in the seasonal river spring. Health workers posted in Kakingol health centre III have also been using sand to clean the delivery wards due to lack of water at the facility.
This website learnt that in most cases, expectant mothers and patients who go to seek health services at the health facility are made to fetch water from the spring, which is about 4 kilometers away for cleaning the facility before they are attended to.
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