By Monica Mutabarura, MBARARA
Kampala, Uganda – Residents of Mbarara in western Uganda have cleared water hyacinth which had kept the water of River Rwizi stagnant turning it black.
The residents who were lead by the Deputy RDC of Mbarara, Emmy Kateera and other district leaders including councilors and the LC chairmen of the three divisions which make up Mbarara municipality.
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They cleared an area called Kasanyalaze near the offices of the National Water and Sewerage Corporation (NWSC) offices on Thursday. Residents also complain that the colour of the water which NWSC supplies to the town.
The Regional Manager of the National Environment Management Authority (NEMA) for South Western, Jeconious Musingwire told a sub national climate café organised by the Network of Climate Journalists of the Greater Horn of Africa (NECJOGHA) in June that the water level of River Rwizi in western Uganda has sunk by three metres creating problems for getting water to supply to Mbarara town.
River Rwizi which covers approximately 8200 km is the source of water for livelihood to both human and animals in the 10 districts of Rakai, Lyantonde, Isingiro, Lwengo, Kiruhura, Mbarara, Bushenyi, Buhweju, Sheema and Rubirizi.