Local politician mobilises communities to maintain water sources
In Uganda, local politicians often interfere with the management of water supply facilities. They discourage water users from contributing the monthly operation and maintenance fees, arguing that the government should provide free water to the population. This helps them win votes at election time. It is common to find water sources broken down for extended periods as the users wait for their elected leader to come and provide resources for repairs. In the meantime, they resort to unsafe water sources.
But Walalawo John Patrick, a local political leader in Apopong sub-county in Uganda did something different. When he sought support to get new water sources for his people, he was awakened to the fact that more than anything his constituents needed to revive and maintain existing water facilities. How did he go about mobilising community members who were not used to engaging in operation and maintenance activities? Watch this video to find out.