The National, Thursday 20th September, 2012
A COMMUNITY of 4,000 people were deprived from celebrating the 37th independence anniversary on Sunday because they did not have any water.
The Rabia community at Kaugere in the National Capital District said they felt neglected because they had been facing the water supply problem for the past 10 years.
Spokesman Benjamin Muri said the 4,000 people in the settlement could not have their shower, do their laundry and access water for cooking and drinking.
“I have lived in this community for 56 years but the last 10 years have been very hard because of lack of water supply in the community,” he said.
He said they had raised the problem through letters and discussions with their local MPs but to no avail.
“We live in the central part of the city and it does not make sense when we are deprived of water which is very essential to human beings,” he said.
Pastor Esmon Epowa of the Nazarene church said he had to pay K10 for a 44-gallon drum that should last him for one or two days.
“For a week I pay K20 to buy two 44-gallon drums of water but this depend on how I use the water.”
Epowa said the people in the community had no proper sanitation and drinking water.
“This people have been suffering silently for the past years and their health and hygiene is of great concern now,” he said.