Broken Sewer Line Spews Human Waste into Kiruruma River

Residents of Kabale quarters are chocking on a foul smell from human waste due to a leakage on a broken sewer line.


The broken sewer line is also spewing human waste in people’s gardens and streams that follow into Kiruruma River. This exposes residents to the risk of catching water borne diseases.

The affected residents are pointing accusing fingers at National Water and Sewerage Corporation for failing to fix the broken sewer line.

Currently, residents are using sand as a temporarily measure to cover the human waste which has spread to Kabale Garage street market, Kabale Municipal Main stadium and neighboring areas.

Julius Ayebare, a resident of Kabale quarters says the stench has become unbearable but both the NWSC and municipality health department are not bothered.

Ayebare says that they stormed NWSC offices on Monday when the stench worsened but they were turned away.

NWSC instead blamed the problem on the activities of Reynolds Construction Company Limited, which is handling the Construction of Mbarara-Kabale –Katuna.

The officials allegedly told them the company had blocked the channel at Katuna Bridge without informing NWSC. However, Ayebare suspects that NWSC is using the ongoing roads works as an excuse.

James Bazigu is one of those mostly affected by flowing sewerage since his house is located close to the sewer line. Bazigu faults the management of NWSC for ignoring their concerns.

He says to make matters worse the human waste is following to streams to Kiruruma River, which flows through Kabale to Ntungamo districts.

Bazigu adds that the residents are worried of an eminent outbreak of water borne diseases unless the situation is contained immediately.

Andrew Baija, the Kabale Municipality health inspector accuses the NWSC management of playing games saying they have repeatedly written to them to address the leaking sewer line in vain.

He asks to de-silt the sewer line if the leakage is to be stopped instead of blaming the problem on the ongoing road works.

Daniel Munyaneza, the NWSC manager Kabala branch says efforts are underway to resolve the problem but declined to comment on what had caused it.

Efforts by our report to speak Apollo Muhwezi the Public relations officer Reynolds Construction Company were futile as he couldn’t be reached on phone.

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