WATER CRISIS HITS KASHARI, 15000 RESIDENTS AT RISK OF PERISHING

By  Aine John

in Mbarara—-

Over  15000 of Kashari south constituency residents are stranded after the whole sub county of  Rubaya has been hit by  drought .

According to the chairman LC 3 of Rubaya Sub County  Steven  Katanaka the whole sub county has been using  only one source of water from Kitete swamp and it  has now become dry and  residents find it hard to get water for domestic use and animals.

The most affected parishes include  Rushozi, Runero and Ruburara.  Steven said that  there are some individuals  who planted  eucalyptus trees  in that swamp and they consume a lot of water  daily.

He said that they had  written a letter to the ministry of water requesting them to construct the gravity flow water scheme such that they can use it for irrigation  but to their surprise, when some of the technocrats from the ministry came ,they told them that there isnt  enough water for the scheme.

According to Christopher Abaho, the resident of the area and a farmer, said that they are finding it hard to  get  water for their livestock and some of them have started dieng due to lack of water.

Its not only the animals affected,  also the crops are drying. Julein Kabagambe, who is also a farmer,  said that her maize plantation  has dried before they were ready

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