December 16, 2014

Sewage Submerges Masaka Town

Masaka town dwellers are protesting the huge stench emanating from sewage flowing through the town due to a broken pipe. The sewer line discharges human waste, which flows to Elgin Street and finds its way to Kiwumulo Arcade.

Buildings that have been affeted by sewage sludge in Masaka town
Buildings that have been affeted by sewage sludge in Masaka town

The most affected areas include Ssese Corner along Elgin Street and Buddu Street. The affected areas host grasshopper, fresh food and fruit vendors.

Rose Namukasa, a vendor of steamed maize says their pleas to the National Water and Sewerage Corporation and Masaka Municipality to resolve the mess have not yielded results.

Namukasa says the sewage sludge has affected her business as customers shun her maize. Denis Bwanika, a resident of Masaka town says they are worried that the human waste could lead to an outbreak of waterborne diseases like cholera and typhoid.

He wonders why the Municipality and National water and sewerage Corporation have failed to fix to the broken sewer pipe. Musa Wamala, another resident faults Henry Ddungu, the Masaka Municipality Health Inspector of failing to act against owners of the affected buildings.

Joseph Mugenyi, the Manager National Water and Sewerage Corporation Masaka Branch says the affected sewer pipes are not connected to their system. He says they inspected the pipes and found them connected to the drainage system.

Godfrey Kayemba Afaayo, the Mayor Masaka municipality faults National Water and Sewerage Corporation for failing to ensure all building in the town are connected to the sewer line. Kayemba says Masaka Municipal council has approved the closure of the affected buildings.

Henry Ddungu, the Masaka Municipality Health Inspector says over 3000 people are at risk of getting water borne diseases such as typhoid. Ddungu also says they have stopped food vendors from operating along the streets but they do not heed to their orders.

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