Katakwi-President Museveni’s Private Secretary in charge Political Mobilization and Welfare has rescued Over 800 Residents of Palam sub county, Katakwi district that are exposed to waterborne disease due to the lack of a limited number of sources of safe and clean drinking water.
The people of the two villages of Amuturunyo and Palam, in Palam sub county Katakwi district decried that they are grappling with water shortage due to the limited number of sources and spoiled 6 month ago.
The chairperson Palam Water user committee in Palam Samuel Odenyi reveals that most villages in the area lack boreholes and only fetches water from unprotected springs that cannot provide safe and clean drinking water.
Odenyi who doubles as the Area councilor of Palam parish says since the borehole broke and spoiled early January 2023 his area residents risk drinking dirty water. He also says residents trek a distance of 3 Kms in search of water who in vain meet insecurity of Karamojongs on their way noting an incident when one resident was shot with an arrow and bow by Karamojong warriors last month.
David Okure, secretary in the committee of LC1 Palam, revealed that however much they have injected some money into the input of slubbing the borehole; they challenged the rehabilitation of the only borehole that serves over 800 water users.
Upon receipt of complete Borehole head, Lucy Ikwap, a resident of Amuturo village attested that without safe water they suffered from waterborne diseases which she said was risk to her lose her two children below age of 5 years after were admitted to Palam Health Centre over drinking dirty water from open wells.
Peter Okolongore 85 years and Esther Imalingat another resident of Amuturo village appeal for stakeholders outreached to the community of Palam to intervene on lack of water and treat water borne disease now affecting population.
Adbul Okeny, district councilor for Palam, also the secretary Works and production says under capital development the district has this financial year 2023/24 budgeted for five boreholes given across 685 villages. He also added that the district has budgeted for 12 boreholes for rehabilitation and 2 rehabilitation areas for schools, a coverage he says is challenging.
However, The Private Secretary in charge Political Mobilization and Welfare in the Office of HE President Yoweri Museveni, Dan Mulalu upon receiving the crises quickly responded to the outcry. While intervening with support for rehabilitation of the borehole where he gave a complete borehole head which cost 500,000 shillings he assured locals that under his on his desk of Kazi Ni Kazi will support Ngariam to streamline water scarcity.
Julius Otim the chairperson and Emmanuel Okabale coordinator Kazi Ni Kazi foundation while handing the Borehole head on Sunday on behalf of Mulalu promised to offer service delivery to the people of Ngariam.
According to them they will not leave Ngariam and Katakwi people in crises, they also promised 30 bags of Cement to Palam Church of Uganda and windows towards its construction of flow.
Patrick Aukin , the laity or lay reader Palam Church of Uganda cautioned and appealed locals to utilize the service with an agge’s care and desist from improper mismanagement .