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Unexpected Obstacle Delays Busia Water Reservoir Construction

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The Busia-Majanji municipality piped water supply and sanitation system is part of the Integrated Water Management and Development Project (IWMDP).
The Busia-Majanji municipality piped water supply and sanitation system is part of the Integrated Water Management and Development Project (IWMDP).
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Floating Island Hinders Busia Water Supply Initiative

In a recent development, a floating island has become an obstacle to the Busia water project. The project aims to provide running water to residents in the Busia area. The main issue at hand is the hindrance it poses to the laying of the intake pipe at the reservoir site located in Majanji.

Immix Turyatunga, the principal engineer of the water ministry, stated, “Our goal is to ensure piped water is delivered to Busia residents by December this year, and we are committed to overcoming this unexpected challenge.”

To address this hurdle, the Ministry of Water and Environment is actively seeking additional funding and exploring two potential technical solutions. These include using motorized equipment from the agriculture ministry to either push the floating island away or break a section of it to facilitate the laying of the pipe.

The project’s progress is further impeded by the opposition of some local residents. Over 200 individuals residing in a two-kilometer stretch in Majanji have obstructed the works. These residents, who previously lost their property and crops during the construction of the Musita-Namayingo-Lumino-Majanji-Busia Road, have not received compensation from the Uganda National Roads Authority (UNRA). Some residents, such as Stephen Mangeni, Dorset Mukite, and Susan Anyango, assert that they are not attempting to sabotage the project but are simply advocating for what rightfully belongs to them. They question why others received compensation before the construction of the 104-kilometer road, which cost sh207 billion, was completed.

The Busia-Majanji municipality piped water supply and sanitation system is part of the Integrated Water Management and Development Project (IWMDP). This project, financed by the World Bank and the Government of Uganda to the tune of sh35 billion, originally aimed to serve Busia Municipality. However, it was expanded to include residents in rural growth centers such as Lumino-Majanji, Mile Seven and Eight trading centers, Masafu, and Dabani along the Busia-Majanji Road. The primary objective of the IWMDP is to provide water supply and sanitation while strengthening water resources management in the targeted areas.