New Vision (Kampala)

20 December 2012

Uganda: City Blames National Water for Stalled Works

Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA) has blamed the stalled works for fixing the city sewer line at Katwe on National Water and Sewerage Corporation.

The stalled works for this World Bank-funded project is causing anxiety in the community as a result of the permanent traffic diversion which is paralysing businesses and traffic flow.

KCCA says National Water and Sewerage Corporation has failed to advise their contractor to speed up the works to avoid inconveniencing the public.

Eng. Andrew Kitaka, KCCA's director for engineering and technical services said they have communicated to National Water over the problem of prolonged traffic diversion but they have not responded to the call.

Area local leaders claim they were not consulted when the project was being implemented yet they could have participated by giving advice on best ways of executing works.

Siraje Kabuye, the counsellor for Katwe 1 in Makindye Division said the sewer line was fixed in the middle of the main road and the pipes are not big enough to handle the volumes of the waste.

"For more people to get connected to this sewer line, they have to dig the road again, which will lead to more traffic jams," Kabuye said.

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