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Politicians Are Fond On Drlling Boreholes Anyplace

By Greenwell Kayuni, MWANZA

National Water Resources Authority-NWRA is vowing to deal with anyone including politicians who are mostly accused of drilling boreholes anywhere without seeking permission from them.

Its spokesperson Masozi Kasambala made the claim during an interface meeting with Mwanza District Executive Committee on Thursday aimed at detailing its functions and mandate.

“We will not tolerate this act of behaviour where one be it a politician or anybody else can just decide to drill a borehole without the authority from regulator,” he warned.

He said nobody is above the law and that only NWRA is mandated to manage any water resources.

“Therebwill not be political interference as the line minister Honourable Abida Sidik Mia made a ministerial statement in the parliament.

“That means, all the ministers and Members of Parliament are aware of this. By the way, we have an overwhelming response from the politicians seeking our permission before drilling boreholes or obstructing water resources in their localities,” added Kasambala.

Water Resources Act prescribes penalties ranging from K1 million to K10 million for non-compliance on water resources management and attract up to 4 to 10 years with hard labour.

NFRA gave companies and individuals up to November this year to declare their boreholes for regulation and threatens to close some down if the owners don’t comply.

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