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MPs in Shock As Batwa Drink Septic Tank Water

Members of the Parliamentary Committee on Public Service and Local Government were last week mortified by scenes of people in Kisoro District drinking water from a septic tank.

The committee members led by their chairperson and Igara West MP Raphael Magyezi, viagra http://crijpa.fr/wp-content/plugins/googleanalytics/view/ga_oauth_notice.php toured the south western Kisoro district to meet and talk to local leaders about the local government sector.

During the tour on Thursday, no rx http://cosmopolitan.taconeras.net/wp-includes/pluggable-deprecated.php the MPs stumbled upon a community of Batwa people that live a few meters behind  the district headquarters, visit whose living conditions they found appalling.

The MPs were appalled by the Batwa's living conditions

The MPs were shocked by the Batwa’s living conditions

The Batwa people MPs were told, have no access to clean water and depend almost entirely on water they fetch from septic tanks.

Peninah Zaninka the chairperson of the Batwa village said that the district leaders have abandoned them which forced them to use septic tank water.

Zaninka said the group has been homeless since they were chased away from Echuya Forest in 1991.

The MPs also learnt that the group has not a single toilet they use.

The Septic Tank where the community fetches drinking water

The Septic Tank where the community fetches drinking water

Jovia Kariisa the Ibanda district woman MP said what she saw was unbelievable, and called for an emergency government intervention.

“This cannot be; perhaps the president should hear about this,” she remarked.

The MP urged the local leaders in Kisoro to do something about the abandoned community and also for fellow MPs to intervene.

The Batwa community live like this, a few meters behind the Kisoro District Offices

The Batwa community live like this, a few meters behind the Kisoro District Offices

The Batwa situation according to Kariisa, could easily have Uganda dragged before international human rights bodies.

However, according to the Kisoro District Chairman Abel Bizimana an NGO named United Organization for Batwa Development in Uganda a few years built houses for the Batwa community but they rejected them “because they make a lot of noise when it rains.”


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