Gulu water contaminated with waste from city Abattoir – Residents

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Waste from an Abattoir (Courtesy photo)

Residents of Ogony Cell, Kweyo Ward in Bardege –Layibi Division in Gulu City are protesting the contamination of their water points by the waste from Gulu Main Abattoir.

This follows the overflow of waste like blood and remains of slaughtered animals from the Abattoir found in Wii –Lyibi Cell, Techo Ward, Bardege –Layibi Division via Ogony Community Access Road to Ogony Stream, which is the sole water point for over 1,000 residents of Ogony, Kweyo, and Abwoch Cells.

Lucy Akech, the LC I of Ogony Cell in Kweyo Ward, said that the waste from the abattoir flows straight to Ogony stream where residents fetch water for domestic use since there is no borehole or piped water in the area.     

According to Akech, they started experiencing contamination in June this year when heavy rain would carry the waste to the water point. 

He said that to date, none of the Division or City Authorities has intervened, something that has put many at risk of contracting water bond diseases.

Brian Openyrwot, the Kweyo Ward councillor who also doubles as the Deputy Speaker for Bardege –Layibi Division revealed that the waste is not only contaminating the water point but also spoiling the road since it leaves it slippery with a foul smell.

He said that they have established that since the soak pit in the abattoir was built, it has never been drained leading to an overflow of waste. 

Francis Otim, the Kirombe Ward councillor in Bardege –Layibi Division has appealed to the responsible authorities to intervene and correct the problem with immediate effect to save the locals from using contaminated water.

On Saturday morning, angry residents of Ogony Cell held a peaceful demonstration at the Abattoir to compel the responsible authorities to act. The area councillors, Brian Openyrwot and Francis Otim, the Councilor for Kirombe Ward led the demonstration.

Michael Lubanga, the Gulu City Health Inspector noted the challenge at the abattoir and soak pit is the work of the tenderer of the abattoir. Lubanga promised to engage the tenderer over the matter.

The temporary abattoir was established in 2018 following the sale of the old abattoir along Sir Samuel Baker Road, the then Layibi Division in Gulu Municipality to an investor. 

In the 2018/ 2019 financial year, Gulu Municipal Council earmarked Shillings 5billion for constructing a modern abattoir at Wii –Layibi Cell under the Uganda Support to Municipal Infrastructure Development –USMID.  However, the project is yet to kick off.

     
[07:59, 18/10/2021] HENRY (SADAB): Company bags sh48m, hands over faulty boreholes

By URN

Napak district local government has given Sumadhura Company limited a week’s ultimatum to drill two new boreholes or refund sh48 million they received for the work. 

It all started after the company drilled two boreholes in the district two weeks ago but failed to produce any water.

The company drilled one of the boreholes in Aoyaloye village in Kokipurat parish in Lorengechorwa Sub County under DWD 77370 and another in Sakatan village, Kokipurat parish in Lorengecora Sub County under DWD 7759.

URN has learnt that each of the boreholes cost sh 24million. 

Napak Resident District Commissioner, Moses Kigai Wamoto discovered that the boreholes were not working three days after their installation.

He said the action of the company needs severe punishment. “How can the contractor install dry boreholes and go with sh48million yet the community needs water. We will get him, “he said. 

Prisca Loyor, the Napak vice LC V Chairperson, said, “It’s unbelievable that Sumadhura Company can do this to the people of Napak district.”

He said that they would take action should the contractor fail to correct the mess within a week’s time. 

John Lorika, the Kokipurat parish councillor, says that the contractor left their truck at the site for three days without any sign of water.

“I was surprised when I returned from Kotido and established that the contractor had completed installing the borehole, the community tried to pump water but water does not come out, “he said. 

Betty Losike, the secretary of the water user committee for Aoyaloye village, says that the community was in dire need of water and that they did not expect the contractor to deliver shoddy work.

Francis Egesa, the technical officer working with Sumadhura Company who supervised the works, said they would go back and check what could have gone wrong. 

“What you are telling me is news but we will go back and check exactly what happened, “he said and hang up his phone

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