NWSC’s Dr Mugisha: Every Ugandan Must Access Clean Water

President Museveni has said the youth can be a positive force for a country’s development if they are well equipped with the knowledge, healing troche skills and opportunities they need to thrive such as access to the job market.

The President said one of the greatest challenges facing many countries was inadequate human capital investment and high unemployment rates among the youth.

The President’s remarks were made on his behalf by Prime Minister Dr Ruhakana Rugunda who represented him at the Leo Africa Forum distinguished lecture on the State of Africa on the eve of a new global development agenda at the Kampala Serena Hotel on Wednesday.

The lecture which focused on harnessing opportunities for a growing youth population was moderated by Kenyan award winning journalist Julie Gichuru, the host of Africa leadership dialogues.

President Museveni said all people should be proud of what has been accomplished so far by the millennium development goals (MDGs) as they usher in this new development agenda.

Mr. Museveni said inadequate investment in the health and education of the young people limits their ability to reach their full productive potential and to contribute to economic development.

“As youth transition to healthy adulthood and gain job skills through education, order jobs must be available if the current large number of youth is to become a dividend for a nation and spur accelerated economic growth,” Museveni said.

He noted that by 2050, there will be more than 400 million Africans between the ages of 15 and 24, more than double the number today.

“Africa’s present and future belong to its youths. Harnessing youthful energy is a sure pathway to peace, prosperity and growth,” noted Museveni.

The President said the NRM vision was to transform Uganda into a peaceful, united, democratic, harmonious, industrialized and prosperous state within a strong, federated East Africa.

“Most of African economies and assistance must be tailored towards fairness in trade and opening up of new market opportunities as opposed to aid,” said the President.

The motivator of the lecture, Andrew Mwenda hailed Government for heavily investing in the development of infrastructure which he said was crucial for the development of Uganda’s economy.

This lecture was inspired by the recent adoption of the sustainable development goals by the 70th UN General assembly as the new international development framework replacing the millennium development goals.
Dr. Eng Silver Mugisha is a man of action.

You will either find him climbing newly-constructed water reservoirs for a physical inspection or on the telephone seeking assurances from his juniors about adequate supply of water in the country.

Armed with a 20-year experience in water utility operations, visit web the Managing Director of National Water and Sewerage Corporation (NWSC), approved Uganda, has left an indelible mark on water governance in the country.

It was in 1994 that Mugisha joined NWSC as a young man before rising in the ranks to head one of the fastest-growing and reputable organisations in Africa.

Prior to his new appointment, Mugisha served as Chief Manager in charge of Institutional Development and External Services Division.

When we meet at his office in Kampala on a bright Monday morning, Mugisha is quick to reveal his motivation – clean and affordable water for all.

At the time of taking over as MD, only 28 towns in Uganda had access to clean water, exposing the rest to the risk of water-borne diseases.

His rise to the helm has seen systematic and aggressive expansion of the geographical coverage of water from 28 in 2013 to the current 110 towns, in just a space of one and a half years.

“The population served has accordingly increased from an estimated 3 million people to over 7 million people. This is a significant transformation in the business and service model of the Corporation and has redefined NWSC’s role in service delivery,” says Mugisha.

Mugisha is also convinced that NWSC will in the next few years ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all once the network is intensified; operation costs trimmed and sewerage services boosted.

In line with integrated Supply-Demand Planning (iSDP) model, says Mugisha, the Corporation has extended 1,588 kms of water mains since July 2013, out of which 1,088 kms were extended during the last financial year.

“This is a remarkable achievement considering that the Corporation on average used to extend 80 kms every year which underpins NWSC’s continued commitment in ensuring increased coverage of water services,” observes Mugisha, confidently.

A good time manager and results-oriented official, Mugisha holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Civil Engineering from Makerere University, Kampala and a Master of Science degree in Sanitary Engineering – Sector Utility Management Option from UNESCO-IHE Institute for Water Education, Delft, The Netherlands.

To ensure increased operational efficiency and cost optimization, in-house innovations such as E-Water Payment System, through partnership with banks and telecom companies to enhance customer convenience in payment of water bills, have been undertaken for improved customer service delivery.


Mugisha also boasts of pro-poor interventions through systematic increase in the number of pre-paid public water points in the urban poor pockets of Kampala and installation of public stand posts in the various parts of NWSC operational areas.

56 public community toilets have been installed in various locations in Kawempe and an additional 45 public toilets will be rolled out soon.

To maintain high water sanitation levels in Uganda’s capital, Mugisha says NWSC is expanding the piped water system to the South (Namasuba, Ndejje, Lubowa, Bunamwaya, Nyanama, Kisigula, Kyengera to Nsangi.)

“This will increase water supply by 50 million litres per day. This measure will improve water supply in water stressed areas of greater Kampala,” says Mugisha.

The Corporation continues to expand sewerage services with 360 sewer connections made in the financial year 2013/2014.

Works on the construction of a sewage treatment plant in Bugolobi and attendant sewerage collection infrastructure for Nakivubo and Kinawataka catchment area are in progress and expected to be completed by August 2016.


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