Works and Infrastructure

 

Works and Technical Services Sector is composed of the following sub sectors;

  • Roads and Buildings
  • Water and Sanitation
  • Mechanical Section.

Introduction

The National Development Plan (NDP) puts roads, water and sanitation high both National and District priorities. These are aimed at increasing the income of the poor and improving the quality of lives of the poor and increase productivity through reduction of water and sanitation related diseases.

Mission

To improve the District infrastructure through both labor based and machine based Technology to enable easy and quick communication, access to markets and services as well as increasing access to safe and clean water.

Sector GoalTo improve the quality of life through provision of sustainable infrastructure.”

Specific Objective

§  To improve and maintain the District road network.

§  To mobilize communities and equip them with skills to prioritize & maintain roads.

§  To improve and  maintain District infrastructure

§  To upgrade Town Council roads to bitumen standard.

§  To maintain vehicles and road equipment.

 

 

 

Specific Development Outcomes

§  Access to markets

§  Access to social services eg health centers, schools and churches

§  Development of new trading centers etc

The department derives its legal mandate from the Local Government Act.

 

Achievements in the financial year 2015/2016

Routine mechanized maintenance of

§  Nyabani – Kinaga – Kicwamba road 14.6km

§  Kyakanyemera – Mpanga road 9.7km

§  Kamwenge – Kyabandara road 20km

§  Swamp raising of Kamila swamp along Ruhiga – Kamila road

Routine manual maintenance of District Roads under road gangs

§  Kiyagara – Bunoga 10.3km

§  Kyakanyemera – Mpanga 9.2km

§  Kabujogera – Nyaruhanda 6km

§  Kyotamushana – Katooma 14.6km

§  Rwentuha – Mahyoro road 23.4km

§  Nyabbani – Kinaga – Kicwamba 14.2km

§  Kamwenge – Kabuga 11.4km

§  Kabuga – Mpanga 13.6km

§  Bigodi – Busiriba – Bunoga 16.6km

§  Nkoma – Mahani – Kagasha – Biguri road 20km

§  Kabingo – Rwensikiza Road 9.6km

§  Ruhagura – Kigoto – Bwera 15km

§  Ntuntu – Kicheche Road 6.7km

§  Kamwenge – Kyabandara – Nkoongoro Road 19.4km

§  Ruhiga – Kamilla 13.6km

§  Kahunge – Nkarakara – Kiziba 13.2km

Total Length District Roads                           226.5km

 

Maintained Kamwenge town council roads 

Opened 59 km of community access roads CARs in 14 subcounties

Planned activities for financial year 2016/2017

Routine mechanized maintenance of

§  Kamwenge – Kabuga road 11.6km

§  Kyotamushana – Katooma road 14.2km

§  Bigodi – Busiriba – Bunoga road 16.7km

§  Ruhiga – Kamila road 13.6km

§  Rwentuha – Kainja – Mahyoro 23km

Culvert installation along

§  Kiyagara – Bunoga road

§  Kamwenge – Kabuga road

§  Nyabani – Kinaga – Kicwamba road

§  Kabujogera – Nyaruhanda road

Maintenance of Kamwenge Town council roads

Opening of Kahunge Town council streets

Opening of 58km community access roads CARs in 14 sub counties

Challenges affecting effective implementation of the District road works

§  Frequent grader break downs.

§  Lack of a full road unit ie bulldozer, excavator, wheel loader, vibro roller, water bouzer,)

§  Small budgetary allocation which does not allow road operations like periodic maintenance, Rehabilitation, Construction of Box culverts on swamp crossing and streams.

§  Delays in upgrading of 163.3km for roads rehabilitated under DLSP and CAIIP -3 programs

§  Delay in the flow of funds

§  Most vehicles are old and are due for boarding off.

Recommendations        

§  There is need to increase funding to the District Roads

§  There is need to lobby for upgrading of Major Access roads to a Feeder Roads status.

§  Community mobilization by leaders to maintain CARs

MECHANICAL SECTION

Maintained grader Fiat reg no LG0016 - 47 and changing  reg no LG0004-044

Repaired pick truck no LG0006-044

Tipper lorry dumper truck LG0005 -044

       

 

WATER AND SANITATION  

Planned and Achievements registered during the financial year 2015/16

1.   Siting and drilling of 7 deep wells. This involved drilling of 5 deep wells with hand pumps and 2 deep wells for motorizing. Of the 5 deep wells, only one at Ngoma 1 village in Kanara Sub County was dry. The rest were successful with yields ranging from 0.7cum per hour to 5.0 cum per hour. All successful wells were test pumped and water quality sampling and analysis carried out. Funded by DWDCG.

 

2.   8 deep wells were rehabilitated, 2 were installed with Stainless steel riser mains and stainless steel connecting rods while 6 were installed with uPVC riser mains and stainless steel connecting rods. Funded by DWDCG.

 

3.   2 hand dug shallow wells with hand pumps were constructed 1 in Ntara Sub County and another in Nyabbani Sub County Funded by DWDCG.

 

4.   1 public Ecosan Toilet was constructed at Katalyeba market. Funded by DWDCG.

 

5.   Following triggering of the 26 villages, home visitations and sensitizations were carried out to enable people physically construct components of a good homestead, emphasis was put on latrines and provision of hand washing facilities plus collection of right quantities of water for use and their storage.

 

6.   Water quality analysis was done on 542 water sources in the District during the financial year. Samples were picked from new deep wells and old sources. Activity Funded by DWDCG/Water For People/LWF.

       

7.   All 4 District Water and Sanitation Coordination Committee meetings were held. Funded by DWDCG

 

8.   The District Water Office together with Water for People identified 10 wells in each Sub County for revitalization of Water User Committees, collection of user fees and the exercise is done by sub county CDOs covering at least 140 wells in the District and will initially run for a period of six months. This strategy will improve on functionality of water sources leading to sustainable management. Funded by Water for People.

 

9.   Following Water as a Business (WAAB) adoption as one of the Operation and Maintenance strategies for Kamwenge District, where community members ‘pay as they fetch’, 9 Sub County escrow accounts have so far been opened and the remaining 5 are under way. So far more than UGX 12.5m has been saved in total at Post Bank Kamwenge Branch. Radio programmes were arranged in earlier to inform the general public about the strategy. At What Cost training was also organized to train Private sector (including HPMA) and other NGOs. Funded by Water for People.

 

10.                Supported Sub County Staff to conduct Sanitary Surveys of their water facilities, Water Safety Planning in order to prevent contamination of water sources; linking community members to Hand Pump Mechanics; training Water Users on ATWHAT Cost. Funded by Water for People.

ACTIVITIES FOR QUARTER 1 FY 2016/17

·         District Water and Sanitation Coordination Committee Meeting held

·         Planning and advocacy at District and Sub County level meetings held

·         Extension staff meeting held

·         Internet subscription

·         Inspection of water points after construction

·         Carry out sanitary surveys

·         Operation and Maintenance  for vehicles

·         Carry out consultations with TSU6, DWD

·         Radio for promoting water, sanitation and good hygiene practices

·         Training Water User Committees on O&M, gender, participatory planning and monitoring

·         Construction of 1 Public latrine in RGC

·         Rehabilitation of Rukooko gfs

·         Carry out construction supervision visits

·         Regular data collection

 

PLANNED ACTIVITIES FOR FY 2016/2017

·         Conducting 4 no. District Water and Sanitation Coordination Committee Meetings

·         Conducting 4 no. Extension staff meetings

·         Construction of 2no. mini-piped water supply systems

·         Design of 2no. mini-piped water supply systems

·         Carry out water quality analysis on new and old water points

·         Drilling and installation of 7 no. deep boreholes

·         Conduct planning and advocacy meetings at District and sub district levels

·         Post construction support to WUCs

·         Radio for promoting water, sanitation and good hygiene practices

·         Training Water User Committees on O&M, gender, participatory planning and monitoring

·         Construction of 1 toilet in Public place

·         Carry out construction supervision visits and inspections

·         Regular data collection

·         Commissioning of completed water points

Key planning and budgeting, policy issues

1.   Presidential directive on a water source per village –requires identification and submission of a list of all villages without a water point each.

2.   Water quality sampling and analysis to cover at least 20% of all sources annually.

3.   List of all non-functional water points in the district

4.   Policy shift to high cost technology options i.e. deep wells, rainwater harvesting systems and piped systems- this meant no more construction of hand dug shallow wells funded by DWDCG

 

 

Resource envelope for FY 2017/2018

Water sub sector receives three forms of conditional grants

1.   Non- wage Conditional Grant (40.5 million)

2.   Development Grant (552.3 Million)

3.   Sanitation Grant (24 Million)

Unless otherwise communicated, planning for financial year 2017/18 will be based on these figures.

 Challenges affecting effective Implementation of the programme and sustainability of safe water supply

The following challenges hinder the development of water and sanitation facilities and subsequent utilization and efficiency

·         Small budgetary allocation does not favour development of high cost technology required for water stressed areas and so these areas have remained below the national average.

·         Limited community mobilization limits community participation in works implementation and community contributions towards capital development.

·         Inadequacy in Operation and Maintenance system of established structures has impacted on operation and maintenance of water facilities.

 

 Recommendations:

·         There is need to increase funding to the District to cater for construction of high cost technologies like boreholes, piped systems and rain water tanks in water stressed areas where low cost technologies do not work.

·         Co-funding projects with NGOs and other IPs in WASH in the District

·         Need for more sensitization on cash contributions – collection and management

·         There is need for continued sensitization of communities on good hygiene and sanitation practices and on proper operation and maintenance  of water facilities and also increase on uptake of innovative approaches in WASH such as WAAB-Water As A Business and SAAB-Sanitation As A Business

 

Baguma Andrew

DISTRICT ENGINEER KAMWENGE

 

 

Demographic Indicators

Total land area           2,375,3 km2
Total Population
(Projection 2014)
421,470
 Number of House holds    88,687
Total female (Projection 2014)   215,668
Total male (Projection 2014)    205,802
Population Density 173 Persons/Km

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