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Gov’t To Borrow 270M Euros For Water Projects

Government is set to borrow 270 Million Euros from the French Development Agency (FDA) for development of water and sanitation projects in South Western Uganda and Greater Kampala.

The decision was approved by the cabinet on Monday. According to the Government Spokesperson, Ofwono Opondo, the projects will improve health, the living standards and productivity of the population.

The southwestern project of 120 million euros will be centered in Mbarara and Masaka districts. The Mbarara project will connect towns and rural growth centres on route to Isingiro district. It will also connect refugees settlements in Isingiro district and stop in Bukanga County.

The Masaka area will connect towns and settlements on the corridors leading from Masaka service area to Lukaya, Kyamulibwa, Kalisizo, and Mbirizi town in Lwengo district.

The towns of Kyotera, Sanje, Kakuto, Mutukula, Rakai, Lyantonde, Rushere, Kazo, Kyazanga, Katovu and Sanga will also have their water supply infrastructure upgraded.

The second batch of the loan, 150 million euros is meant to support the Kampala Water – Lake Victoria Water and Sanitation II Project.

The loan is meant to support provision of adequate water provision in the greater Kampala metropolitan area by addressing the growing water supply challenges through development of new infrastructure as well as rehabilitation and expansion of existing system.

The loan will also contribute to environmental protection and sustainability of Lake Victoria water through sludge management and ecosystem service restoration, source protection and management through wetland restoration, land use practices and reforestation.

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