By Pascal Onega

BULIISA: Residents of Kihungya and Biiso sub counties in Buliisa District have blamed   STC, a road construction   Company for the water shortage in their areas.

STC was contracted by the government to tamark roads in Bunyoro region including Masindi –Biiso.

However, residents of Biiso and Kihungya Sub Counties blame the water shortage being experienced in their area on the company’s activities including excavation and stone blasting that say have led to the drying up of the water sources.

The residents voiced out their concerns during a meeting with the local leaders, the Resident District Commissioner RDC, Buliisa Constituency legislator and the  district police commander on Monday in Kansiimo village, Kihungya sub county.

Janet Birungi and Bright Byabyesiza, some of the residents who attended the meeting claimed that before STC begun its activities in the area, they used to experience dry spell but it would not cause the water shortage they are experiencing currently.

They therefore called upon the leaders and contractor to come out with an urgent intervention to address the matter.

Gilbert Kalibagwa, the district councillor representing Kihungya Sub County said they have had several engagements with the contractor and he agreed to drill spring wells for the residents but in vain.

Fred Lukumu, the Buliisa district chairperson said the road project should not instead leave the community suffering adding that the project consultants should look into the matter.

Alan Atugonza, the Buliisa Constituency Member of Parliament faulted the contractor for failing to fulfil its obligations and urged him to correct their mistakes.

Responding to the concerns, Asafu a representative from Uganda National Roads Authority- UNRA said the matter  is technical adding  they would  get a temporal solution  by providing the  residents  with water as they come up with the lasting solution.

The contractor could not be readily reached for a comment on the matter.

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