The North Kigezi Diocesan Bishop Rt Rev Onesimus Asiimwe has today commissioned a water spring that was recently rehabilitated by the North Kigezi and Kinkiizi Dioceses Water and Sanitation Project (NKKD-WATSAN) in partnership with residents of Katenga cell at a cost of 5.07shillings
The water spring is located in Katenga cell in the southern division of Rukungiri municipality.
While speaking at the commissioning ceremony, Bishop Onesimus Asiimwe thanked the UK support group for the contribution they gave them as the diocese which enabled them to rehabilitate the spring noting that the aid the diocese has been receiving was reduced after Uganda signed the anti-homosexuality bill.
Bishop Asiimwe further appreciated the contribution the residents raised which complimented the funds from the WATSAN project to complete the project.
Rev Enock Karamuzi the diocesan secretary asked the locals to take good care of the spring and ensure its good sanitation adding that most projects have been put to waste due to the negligence of the beneficiaries.
On behalf of the government, Denis Ngabirano the Southern Division chairperson, Annah Barekye the Southern and Eastern Division district councilor and Aminah Turyamureba among other leaders hailed the bishop for accepting the NKKD-WATSAN project under his office for supplementing government efforts in extending clean and safe water to the communities.
The coordinator NKKD-WATSAN Rev Canon Eric Baingana Mugyenzi revealed that the biggest percentage of the cost of the construction of the spring was a donation from the UK Support Group after the residents in the area wrote a letter requesting help for the project.
He said the water source should be used by both people irrespective of religion and shouldn’t be politicized because residents contributed funds to buy local materials like gravel stones among others.
Gershom Nsimeomwe the lc1 chairperson of Katenga village appreciated the help that the diocese gave them of 4.2 million through the WATSAN project plus residents contributing sh. 870,000 hence revealing that this spring will help them to access clean water respective seasons.
He pledged to sensitize the public on protecting it so that it can serve the intended purpose.