BY STEPHEN OJACOR
SERERE: MONDAY, AUGUST 30, 2021
Eng. Martine Onguruco, a former parliamentary aspirant for Serere County has spent sh15m to construct a community well aimed at providing clean water for the residents of Atiira, Ojama and Olupe parishes.
He said the water point would allow the community to fight Covid-19 through hand washing promotion.
Onguruco had contested during the recent parliamentary elections but lost to the incumbent Bishop Patrick Okabe.
According to the L.C I chairperson of Asilang Village, Joseph Ojoma, his Village has suffered a problem of water shortage for a very long time and as a matter of fact, they have not had any borehole neither any other water source.
“Although the Ministry of Health has been drumming people to wash hands as an effective measure of stopping the Spread of Covid-19, my Village has neither had a water source to avail this much required water. Our women and girls have been walking for longer distances and this has in most cases made people reluctant to washing their hands,” Ojoma Said.
Onguruco, a civil engineer by profession said he felt it very important to support government by providing safe water for the local community.
He further stressed that government alone cannot battle the deadly pandemic but requires concerted effort from all citizens, local leaders, Non-Governmental Organizations, the educated and non-educated alike.
“Washing hands means washing with clean water. I have been touched having learnt that the community of Asilang have been collecting dirty water from the swamp,” he said.
Onguruco added: “Since the borehole is 4 kilometres away, I decided with my family to construct for them a six piped water point so that they can wash their hands without reservations and have access to clean water.”
He then emphasized to the local leaders to address the problem of water shortage especially in the sub-counties of Kyere, Atiira and Kateta.
Margaret Ibeere, the L.C1 Vice Chairperson of Asilang Village, gave assurance that the village committee are now empowered to enforce hand washing among the area locals in both homes and trading centers since water is available.