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Tuesday, December 10, 2013 

Kampala in $280m revamp for city water

KAMPALA, Uganda- The government, with funding from development partners, has put pen to paper with three firms to undertake infrastructure development and improvement of water and sanitation in the Greater Kampala Metropolitan Area.

This will be under the Kampala Water Lake Victoria Watsan (KW-LVWATSAN) project which is being implemented and supervised by National Water and Sewerage Corporation (NWSC) with an overall objective of improving the lives of people in greater Kampala by providing safe water.

The projected is estimated to cost Euro212m (about $289 million) and is jointly financed under the Mutual Reliance Initiative (MRI) with secured funding from a consortium of European development banks for the implementation of KW-LVWATSAN project.

They include European Investment Bank, French Development Agency, German Development Group and the EU Africa Infrastructure Fund.

Silver Mugisha the Managing Director of NWSC who signed the contracts with the contractors on behalf of government said he wanted the contracts to be expeditiously carried out

The Ag. Chairman of NWCS Board, Christopher Ebal said the contracts that were signed were timely in that demand for services in Kampala is increasing at a very fast rate.

“This is an opportunity for the corporation, but at the same time a challenge in that the resources at hand are not sufficient to ensure the rapid expansion in service coverage,” Ebal said.

The Minister of Water and Environment, Ephraim Kamuntu said that the contracts are an indicator that government is fulfilling its pledges to the people of Uganda.

“It is therefore with great gratitude and pleasure that we in government hail the signing of these contracts. We know a lot of work has gone on behind the scenes and I thank all those who have worked tirelessly to see this day come to reality,” Kamuntu said. The Minister thanked development partners and other relevant agencies for their efforts.

By Baz Waiswa, Tuesday, December 10th, 2013