7 June 2013

Uganda: Bukwo District Gets First Borehole Worth Sh26 Million

After seven years since it was created, Bukwo district in eastern Uganda has finally got the first borehole for its residents in Kaptererwa sub-county.

Bukwo district is one of the hard to reach districts given its hilly terrain.

Bukwo was curved out Kapchorwa district in 2006 with an aim of extending services nearer to the people.

Kaptali residents were all in jubilations after clean water was pumped out from the only borehole in the area that was commissioned by the district leaders and the management of Nile Breweries on Thursday.

"We have been relying on the gravity of water flow from the hills which is not clean, but with the borehole now in place we are assured of clean water," John Sikawa the LC3 chairman of Kaptererwa said.

The borehole will serve over 500 households.

Sikawa noted that the commissioning of the borehole in the area was a great relief to residents who were returnees from Kenya and other parts of Uganda who had witnessed insecurity in early 1980s.

The borehole was a donation by Nile Breweries after assessing the plight of the residents of Kaptali who had spent many years without a source of clean water.

Nile Breweries managing director, Nick Jenkinson, explained that they were prompted to drill a borehole in the area as a reward to the community for growing barley and encouraged them to grow more of it as a means to create wealth.

He said Bukwo has the best altitude for barley growing compared to other parts of the country.

The Bukwo LC5 boss, Wilson Salimo Manjara noted that the $10,000 (about sh26m) borehole is the first of its kind in the district since it was created in 2006.

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