NWSC Heightens Fight Against Water Theft

NWSC Chairman Eng.Christopher Ebal congratulates MP Medard Bitekyerezo

Students at Makerere University Business School Mbarara branch yesterday held a demonstration protesting some of the institution’s administrative policies and an alleged inappropriate learning environment.

The strike was spearheaded by the University guild president Anthony Nkwasiibwe, more about recipe following a communiqué to the students about the deteriorating conditions at the campus.

strike 2

The students rose in protest against the dilapidated university structures including crumbling toilets that they said were putting their lives in peril.

The Guild President said he has severally communicated to the administration about the situation since the beginning of the semester, but no action was taken.

Security operatives were quickly called in to calm the situation as angry students aimed at university property.

OC Magyezi addressing students at MUBS Mbarara

OC Magyezi addressing students at MUBS Mbarara

Some of the students that spoke to Chimpreports told us that the university had failed to provide them with reliable internet; the few available lecturers were dodging classes, while many students lacked identity cards.

OC Mbarara central police station, Jaffar Magyezi said a number of students were arrested by later all released after promising to resolve their grievances with the administrators.

MUBs Director Pontius Byarugaba said most of the students allegations were untrue

MUBs Director Pontius Byarugaba said most of the students allegations were untrue

Jaffar also said that the students had requested that a police post in placed in the campus which he revealed would be worked upon.

Speaking to Chimpreports about the matter, the director of the institution Pontius Byarugaba denied most of the students’ allegations.

He said that the university had maintained a clear communication system with its students and that efforts had been made to respond to their grievances.



National Water and Sewerage Corporation yesterday residents of Mbarara district against the surging habit of water theft.

This was during an event held at their Mbarara officers, pharmacy under the theme Fight Against Water Theft (FAWAT).

The event was presided over by State Minister for Water Ronald Kibule who asked the public to be protective on the water system and report all theft cases to authorities.

MP Emma Boona speaking at the function

MP Emma Boona speaking at the function

Minister Kibuule described theft as another form of corruption.

At the event, the area Woman MP Hon Emma Bona, praised NWSC for providing clean and sufficient water to the district.

She however noted with concern that the people of Katojo Sub County were still stuck with empty pipes, something that NWSC managers said was being worked on.

Speaking at the event, the Mbarara Municipality Mp Medard Bitekyerezo appealed to the residents to conserve environment most especially River Rwizi which is the major source of water in Mbarara district.

NWSC commissioner and members of parliament chating

“R. Rwizi is the source of water that we have, and of we don’t protect it, we shall die,” he said.

NWSC board Chairman Eng. Christopher Ebal reassured the residents that their water is safe even for drinking.

He however noted that the channels it passes through such as pipes, tanks and jerry cans are not safe and thus urged the public to always boil the water before use.

Ebal reemphasized the fight against water theft, noting that the vice was spreading fast especially in Kampala district both at commercial and domestic level, despite its low prices.


Recently, NWSC teams have raided a number of buildings companies and homes, the latest being tycoon Hamis Kiggundu’s Ham Towers opposite Makerere University, and cut off their supply after it was discovered they were stealing the water.



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