The government of Uganda has allocated over 6.2 billion shillings to Obongi district for a piped water scheme, providing more than 600 tap water connections in Obongi town council, Aliba sub-county, and Gimara sub-county. These funds have been disbursed through the Ministry of Water and Environment to Obongi District Local Government.
Scheduled to conclude by August 2024, the project is currently in progress under the management of Reddy’s Technical Services Ltd of Kawempe, Kampala. Mr. Mohan Reddy, the site manager for Reddy’s Technical Services Ltd, led the Resident District Commissioner (RDC) of Obongi, Mr. Samuel Mpimbaza Hashaka, to inspect five water sites. Mr. Reddy informed the RDC that they have completed 35% of the technical work and assured him that the project would be completed on time.
Mr. Reddy mentioned that over 40 local individuals have been employed under the water project. Once completed, the water project is expected to raise the percentage of safe water coverage in Obongi from 6% to over 70%.
In expressing gratitude, the RDC acknowledged the efforts of the Woman MP of Obongi district, Hon. Maneno Zumura, the area MP, Dr. Bokha Didi George, and the District Chairperson of Obongi, Haji Abib Buga Khemis, for their lobbying efforts in securing funding for the 6.2 billion shillings project. This initiative aims to enhance the lives of the people of Obongi and reduce the prevalence of waterborne diseases, such as typhoid, caused by contaminated water.
Currently, the people in Obongi rely on water from the contaminated River Nile. The RDC shared this information during an exclusive interview with the media on Thursday evening while addressing them from Obongi town council.