Gweri, a sub county in Soroti district with only three functional boreholes that are at least three kilometers away from each other has recently attracted the attention of Soroti district that wants to introduce in tap water in the area so as to transform the health centre to do various surgical procedures having the source of water as the community borehall in Angopet village.
This was thought as a very good ideology since more water will reach the community of Angopet village, but with the village livelihood that majorly dependents on that borehole in areas such as Brick laying, maintaining the green houses, sanitary maintainance and home activities, the present situation of water crisis has to be solved first before introducing in an ice peak on the water.
Any development in an area brings in both the better side and the bad side which in this case the district officials had to run for their lives when the villagers almost mobbed them, all thanks to their athletic bodies that propelled their escape.
The reactions made by the community for their actions;
After holding several community meetings , we would have agreed but during the time when the generator was used for pumping water by the district as a sampling project, all the other locally dug water sources were sucked almost dry, “SO WHAT MIGHT BEFALL US WHEN WE ALLOW?”.
why shouldnt the district go a head to get the water from Awoja river since there is almost no difference?
“One female village member expressed the sorrow of loosing a tooth to a beating by her husband for delaying to get back home early from the borehole that is only 3 and ½ kilometers claiming she was with another man.”,he said.
Mrs.Aseku Stella a villge member of Angopet testified losing two of her lovely children to diarrhoea they got from drinking dirty water, this all happened before the borehole was put in place and she now posses the fear of where to get clean drinking water from if the borehole is taken from their possesion.
The presence of a rock inside the ground makes the drilling process of the borehole much more expensive for the villagers to construct from their small source of developmental fund received.
It’s unfortunate the district didnt take trouble to sensitize the community on the water project but two things in particular are needed, elevation of the health centre and development of the subcounty.therefore to achieve these objectives, the district must be conditioned to drill some more boreholes inexchange of one..
Some locals ideally suspects the presence of minerals around that borehole, reason explaining why the district is failing to listen to the people and instead take its own initiative to perform without the peoples concert.
The village hold conferences whenever they are called upon to discuss different way forwards for the borehole,therefore members of the community uniformly agreed to retain their borehole and if the district is to continue with its project,it has to either drill a new borehole or find an alternative.