The Ministry of Water and Environment on Wednesday November 23rd 2022 officially handed over Kahengye water project to National Water and Sewerage Corporation at an event held at the site in Kebisoni town council, Rukungiri district.
Alfred Okoti Okidi, the Ministry Permanent Secretary officially received the documentation and all the relevant documentation from the contractor that he later handed over to Eng. Francis Kateeba, the NWSC branch manager Mbarara, who represented Dr. Eng. Silver Mugisha the Corporation’s Managing Director.
Okidi apologized for the delay in project completion and appreciated the teamwork exhibited by Rukungiri District leadership in ensuring proper monitoring of the project until its completion.
Okidi asked stakeholders to ensure protection of the catchment area to ensure constant and continuous water supply from the contractors (Techno Fab Company Ltd, VIDAS and VAMBECO) for quality work done despite the delays.
The project is expected to ensure water supply to the intended communities in Rukungiri District and parts of Ntungamo district up to 2040.
“Let us protect this system so that it delivers the intended service. The issue of the environment, protection should not forget the catchment area of Kahengye river from the districts of Ankole and Kigezi region and this is everyone’s responsibility to have it protected” said PS.
He tasked NWSC to think about extending this water to many areas since its capacity can serve beyond the current numbers and asked the water consumers to ensure paying for the service to help the corporation serve better.
Eng. Francis Kateeba on behalf of NWSC pledged their commitment to take on the mantle from the Ministry of Water and Environment in ensuring that the project can now equip residents with clean, safe and constant water supply in their homes.
Kateeba added that since water is currently available in the tanks, their role is now to extend it communities so that they enjoy clean and safe water.
He added that their goal as National Water and Sewerage Corporation is having as many connections as they can since this can ease the cost of operations.
The scheme is expected to benefit 120,000 people in Rukungiri and Ntungamo districts.