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Mbarara: Retired Civil Servant Cuts Off Village Water Source

Mbarara RDC Capt. Martha Asiimwe yesterday rushed to Rugando, in Rwampara, Mbarara in a matter where a retired civil servant is being accused by locals of cutting water supply for several households and a primary school.

Samuel Tegengaro formally served as a sub county speaker at Rugando Sub County and also doubled as a Works Engineer at Mbarara District.

Tegengaro is said to have planted 5 acres of land with eucalyptus trees which led to the drying up a well that was the primary source of water for the village.

The trees, according to residents, have also overshadowed and dried their banana plantations and other crops, worsening the raging famine in the area.

One of the locals Andrew Ariho claims Tegengaro is punishing those that refused to sell him their land a few years ago.

 “We even talked to the NEMA officers at the district and they ordered him to stop his tree project but he declined,” said Aruho.

Isaac Baryeija Namara, the head teacher of government aided Kagongi II Primary School says the well was the main source of water for the school children and that being a small school they cannot afford to buy water.

RDC Capt. Asiimwe termed the former civil servant’s actions as malicious and promised to take the matter to the district security meeting.

 “When an issue threatens food security, it becomes a security issue and it can no longer be overlooked,” she said.

In a brief interview with Chimpreports however, Mr Tegengaro told us he bought the land with his own money and thus retains the right to use as he pleases.

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