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National water presses prisons over Shs12bn debt



National water and Sewerage Corporation has asked all government institutions that owe it to clear the debt so that they pay off their contractors.

According to the NWSC managing director Dr. Silver Mugisha, Government prisons owe the corporation more than Shs12 billion in arrears.

The corporation issued a one-week ultimatum to the Ministry of Defence, Uganda Prisons Service and Mulago hospital to clear their arrears or they have their supply disconnected.

Dr. Mugisha told journalists that they had been assured by the permanent secretary in the ministry of finance that he had already paid the government agencies with express instructions for them to settle their accrued arrears.

However, Uganda Prisons spokesperson, Frank Baine said Uganda Prisons is operating with only 45% of their budget and therefore do not have the money to clear water bills.

“We have asked for supplementary funding. For now, we hope there will be a middle ground, for the sake of the prisoners. If we make water a priority, prisoners will starve. Unless budget increases, we don’t have money to pay the water bill,” said Baine.

Meanwhile, NWSC advised its clients to stock enough water as it plans to shut down its Gaba and Munyonyo water reservoirs which are under repair.

Dr. Mugisha said water will be switched-off on Thursday and through the weekends.

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