Japan Takes Clean Water to Rubirizi

A woman hands a gift to Japanese Ambasador Kazuaki Kameda at the water project launch on Friday

The Japanese Embassy in Uganda last weekend commissioned another water project in the western Rubirizi district where locals will access clean water from a distant Lake Kako at a small cost.

The Shs. 224 million scheme funded by the Japan’s Grant Assistance for Grassroots Human Security Projects was handed over Friday by Ambassador Kazuaki Kameda.

It is expected to benefit over 1800 residents in Ryeru Sub County, click Rubirizi district.

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Speaking at the event, Ambassador Kazuaki revealed that 215 such projects have been funded under the scheme since its initiation in Uganda in 1992.

Locals fetching the launched water project

He said annually, they receive about 200 requests from communities in dire need for water but are able to roll out a dozen or two projects each year.

The project’s manager John Mubangizi, said the water project will help cut down the water prices as now locals can buy a 20 liter jerry can at only shs. 100 compared to 500 in the past.

Meanwhile, the Rubirizi MP Eng. John Twesigye cautioned the residents against swamp reclamation which he said has worsened water silting and climate change challenges.

He also asked the locals to safe guard the water project jealously and the water sources around the district.

Rubirizi district has about 32 crater lakes but people in villages like Butezi, Kabukwire, and Ndegye still have water problems mainly because of terrain.


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