By Allan Mugabe
A cross section of members from 11 villages in Karuhembe and Kabingo parishes in Kebisoni sub-county and town council respectively are protesting a move by National Water and Sewerage Cooperation to take over the management of Mihembeero Gravity water scheme.
The residents claim that they were given this water as a donation from Australia to solve the problem of water scarcity in their areas but they are now scared that when National water takes over the management of the scheme, they will incur high costs in accessing the water which was availed to them at no cost.
They now accuse their local council three chairpersons Charles Kwebangira Byabakama and Charles Kahanyi of Kebisoni of conniving with national water to take over their scheme.
The residents led by the scheme chairperson Siraji Kyomukama and Justus Tumwesigye who is the secretary spent yesterday cleaning and renovating the water source.
They vowed not to let go of the scheme from their ownership, calling on the area legislator Hon. Mary Paula Turyahikayo to come to their rescue and save the situation.
In an interview with www.mknewslink.com the Kebisoni sub county chairperson Charles Kahanyi said that they received a notice from the ministry of water and environment directing the NWSC to gazette all water sources for the betterment of their management.
He also noted that the move is aimed at extending water to other areas that would wish to benefit from it.
The scheme donated in 1994 benefits over 2000 residents.
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