Blog by Simon Kayiwa, Youth Documentor Makindye
If you visited Nabisaalu on a hard rain day and happen to say "water is life”, residents would look at you as an abnormal person and believe me it could take you years for them to forgive your “ mocking” statement. From the past settlement forum meetings; flooding and garbage stand out as major challenges slum areas in Makindye are getting year after year. At least 2-3 people lose life to floods in this area especially toddlers and properties and many cases of malaria and other infections go un noticed every year.
Together with the Swedish lottery fund through Water Aid Kampala Capital City Authority has managed to build, a water drainage channel in Nabisaalu as an attempt to tame floods in the area.
The Area chairman, Mpologoma Nkadde Kagimu, while introducing the funders of the project to the residents urged them not to throw garbage in water channels because it blocks water causing floods which claim lives and properties as well as making routes impassable during the rainy season. The un-built drainage channels, poor garbage and waste disposal, he said were major causes of diseases such as cholera and Malaria.
Residents’ building over drainage channels was condemned after the construction of the channel in the area.
Over 300 homes will benefit from this 100m Nabisaalu drainage project as water flooding is not a challenge to talk about in their homes.
The overwhelmed area residents thanked the Capital Authority but yearned for more of such assistance.
As for the National slum dwellers federation, the region chairman of Makindye ssebuguluse in his opinion says there is much thirsty for community infrastructures in the area "We are going to mobilize these people and convince them that such development they long for is very possible if they join the federation. “ I have seen and witnessed their love for development yet its the same cause we stand for as slum dwellers federation and the time to join us is now” said Mr.Sebuguluse.