NWSC Extends 1448kms of Water Pipes in Expansion Drive

Serbian Cranes tactician coach Milutin Micho Sredjovic believes Uganda can in the next few years become a force to reckon with in African football if extra efforts are put in.

Addressing journalists at FUFA House in Mengo on Wednesday morning in the aftermath of the Cranes 2-1 win against home side Botswana over the weekend, rx Micho said the focus should not be on qualifying for a single Afcon tournament but being able to replicate this in the following campaigns.

According to the Serbian tactician, buy countries like Nigeria, Cameroon, Ivory Coast and Algeria that are common figures at the Afcon finals are not far better than Uganda but rather well prepared.

“People think we (Uganda) are perennial losers but we have to put that behind not for one tournament but keep the marathon. We have the required quality of players to help us do this,” Micho said.

“We should not just qualify to participate in the tournament but make some big strides and maintain the form of participating in every Afcon finals. We ought to beat our neighbors in the region who have been there previously but have since never returned.”

Giving  examples of Kenya and Rwanda- 2004 plus Tanzania who last qualified in 1980 but have since never been represented in the Afcon tournament, Micho said Uganda can now focus on playing in a series of Afcon finals and becoming a football giant in the region and continent at large.

FUFA President Eng. Moses Magogo also shares the same dream and holds that the federation  needs to focus on long terms goals for the national team.

FUFA President Moses Magogo speaking at the event
FUFA President Moses Magogo speaking at the event

“We can build on players we have including Dennis Onyango, Tonny Mawejje, Geofrey Massa and Hassan Wasswa to give experience to the rest of the team,” Magogo said.


“The team should be able to compete on the continent not in one tournament but a series of them and consecutively.”

He however says this is work in progress citing an increment in the number of Ugandan players plying their trade outside their homeland which he said is good in a bid to achieve the big goal of building a strong Cranes team.

The FUFA president said tournaments like CECAFA, CHAN and others can be put to good use by Uganda so as to help build a formidable team that  can represent well on the continental level.

Uganda last appeared at the AFCON finals  in 1978 and lost winners Ghana on finals but had participated earlier in 1962, 1968 , 1974 and 1976.

The Uganda Police has come out to bash the recent reports by Amnesty International and Transparency International claiming their findings are inaccurate and undermine the Force’s efforts to deliver its mandate.

In a statement issued by the Inspector General of Uganda Police Force (UPF) Gen. Kale Kayihura, physician he described the two reports as partisan, page propaganda, clearly intended to depict the Police in very negative light for reasons that can only be described as sinister.

A report released by Amnesty International on December 7, castigates the police for ‘disrupting peaceful opposition gatherings using excessive force, arbitrary arrests of opposition politicians, and torturing individuals aligned with the opposition.’ The report proceeds to state that restrictions on freedom of assembly hindered the ability of Ugandans to receive information and engage with politicians, before presidential campaigns started in November 2015

“Indeed, we are surprised, and extremely disappointed that in spite of the fact that we were very cooperative to representatives of the Amnesty International, and, together spending days, and hours, (including I, personally), painstakingly going through the allegations made against the Police and giving information, context, and explanations in respect of incidents and situations mentioned in the report, Amnesty International gives prominence, and credibility to those accusing the Police,” read the IGP’s statement about the report.

The IGP goes ahead to note; “And, no justice to the elaborate information on what happened, background to what happened, as well as explaining police actions in each case, including the management of criminal cases, and handling of suspects that we made available to them.”


He further expressed dissatisfaction towards failure of the report to take into account the Police’s mandate of the Police of keeping law and order together with the obligations of organizers of public events under the Public Order Management Act

The report according to Gen. Kayihura is shallow on the causes and context of the allegations cited therein adding that it never considered the fact that most political rallies were successful.

“Moreover, while the report focuses on isolated incidents of clashes of the Police with political activists, it does not bother (in spite of our explanations) to, objectively, mention the causes, the genesis, i.e. the chain of causation of those clashes, since their preoccupation is to give a negative image that Police is targeting certain political groups.”

“It does not mention the fact that many public rallies were held peacefully during the primaries of the respective parties, in particular the FDC, where Dr Kizza Besigye and Maj Gen Mugisha Muntu traversed the country campaigning with the support of the Uganda Police.”

Furthermore, the Police discredit the failure to acknowledge their role in offering security and order during the nominations of Presidential, and Parliamentary, and Local council candidates who were accompanied by mass processions.

“For the benefit of the public, we intend to give detailed responses to each and every allegation, and conclusions of Amnesty International, point by point, as we gave to Ms Sarah Johnson and her delegation, when we met them.”

In a similar reaction, UPF’s Chief Political Commissar AIGP Assuman Mugenyi commented; “Before November, several aspirants used different kinds of tricks to hold campaign rallies and UPF, which is primarily mandated to uphold law and order for over 35 million people in addition to ensuring that the then less than one hundred presidential aspirants do not disrupt public peace, stopped the illegal rallies.”

Regarding the Transparency International report, the Police say they’re equally unsatisfied with the methods used in carrying out the survey.

Much as he acknowledged that like any other organization world over, there could be cases of corruption in the Force, he made assurance that Police will continue fighting against corruption, and other misconduct in the Uganda Police, and actions taken against concerned officers.
National Water and Sewerage Corporation has extended 1, information pills 448 kms of water pipes across the country in an ambitious expansion drive that has seen the corporation expand its services from 23 to 110 towns as at June 30th 2015.

In the period July to November 2015, medical NWSC took over an additional 24 towns taking the total number of towns to 134.

The expansion is in line with the Corporation’s 5 year Strategic Direction (2013-2018) launched in November 2013.

Officials said the objective of the Strategic Direction is to ensure that NWSC meets the escalating growth in demand for services, coupled with the increasing policy expectations of Government.

One of the key policy expectations from Government is the need to attain 100 percent water coverage for the urban centers of Uganda.

During the Financial Year 2014/15, 44 towns were handed over by the Ministry of water and Environment to the NWSC.

The Transfer is in accordance with Urban Water Sector reform agenda of expanding the Corporation’s mandate to cover all major urban centers within Uganda.

According to the MD of NWSC Dr. Engineer Silver Mugisha, to achieve the goal of accelerated water and sewerage service delivery in urban centres, NWSC launched the ambitious Infrastructure Service Delivery Plans (ISDPs) and Water Supply Stabilisation Programs (WSSP) in January 2014.

Dr. Mugisha added that the “ISDP and WSSP have seen access to water grow in leaps in and bounds with more people being served through increased access and supply reliability.”

The first phase of the programme (January – June 2014) saw the corporation extend 407kms of water mains across all its operational areas.

The second phase July to June 2015 has seen the NWSC expand 1448kms of water mains.

“This is record breaking and transformational considering that before the launch of the ambitious ISDPs the corporation used to extend between 80 to 100kms of water mains across the country,” said Dr Mugisha.

“As a result of the pipelines laid, significant progress has been made in ensuring supply reliability and accessibility. Areas previously devoid of services now have piped water services, while a number of dry zones (no water areas) have now been converted to wet zones.”

Under the Water Supply Stabilisation programme (WSSP), a number of quick win investments such as; installation of booster pumps, water reservoir tanks, borehole drilling, and installation of standby generators, among others were under taken during the FY 2014/15 which has enhanced water supply capacity, stability and reliability especially in the new towns.

Since the inception of the ISDP in 2014, over 1,918 kms of water mains have been extended. The extensions made under the ISDP account for 23% of the total water mains (8411kms).

In regard to sewer mains, 38 kms were extended during the FY 2014/15, and over 55kms have been extended since the inception of the ISDP.

Dr Mugisha emphasizes that the ISDPs are significant in the fact that it is funded from the Corporation’s internally generated resources, a clear manifestation of the Corporation’s performance improvement which have enabled the NWSC plough back its surplus revenue into infrastructure.

Dr. Mugisha is confident that NWSC is on course to achieve water for all, for delighted customers by a delighted work force.

The NWSC Board Chairman Engineer Dr. Christopher Ebal said as a board they are fully supportive of the innovative programmes undertaken by NWSC to increase access to water and sewerage services in all urban centres in Uganda.

He affirmed that, NWSC is committed to bringing about a change in the livelihoods of the people of Uganda, and therefore contributing to the National Vision of a transformed Ugandan Society from a  peasant to a modern and prosperous country through the provision of water and sewerage services.

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