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Jinja Stuck With Shs 1.3bn Street Lights Bill

Jinja municipality is stuck with an accumulated power bill worth Shs 1.3 billion.

Rajab Kitto, the spokesman, Jinja municipality, says the bill has been accumulating over the last five years.

Local authorities are mandated to clear power bills using collections from local revenue. He says the failure to clear the power bill, prompted Umeme to disconnect street lights plunging the municipality into total darkness.

According to Kitto, they are unable to raise sufficient local revenue to clear the bill.

“Of course you are aware that Umeme cut off its power and demands us a lot of money, which is about 1.3 billion. Unless people pay, there is no way we are going to pay that money. We are not in position to pay”, he said.

Majid Batambuze, the mayor Jinja municipality and chairperson Urban Authorities Association, says municipalities unable to sustain street lighting because of the heavy power bills. He wants government to direct power suppliers to incur the cost of streetlights across the country.

“These urban councils collect less revenue and yet they have a lot of other costs to meet. Street lighting is a very expensive venture. If the government can direct the power suppliers to incur the cost of the street lighting before being contracted, then the problem would be solved,” he said.

He however, says most urban council leaders are opting from solar powered streetlights, which don’t have monthly bills.

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Uganda: Jinja Stuck With Shs 1.3bn Street Lights Bill

Jinja municipality is stuck with an accumulated power bill worth Shs 1.3 billion.

Rajab Kitto, the spokesman, Jinja municipality, says the bill has been accumulating over the last five years.

Local authorities are mandated to clear power bills using collections from local revenue. He says the failure to clear the power bill, prompted Umeme to disconnect street lights plunging the municipality into total darkness.

According to Kitto, they are unable to raise sufficient local revenue to clear the bill.

“Of course you are aware that Umeme cut off its power and demands us a lot of money, which is about 1.3 billion. Unless people pay, there is no way we are going to pay that money. We are not in position to pay”, he said.

Majid Batambuze, the mayor Jinja municipality and chairperson Urban Authorities Association, says municipalities unable to sustain street lighting because of the heavy power bills. He wants government to direct power suppliers to incur the cost of streetlights across the country.

“These urban councils collect less revenue and yet they have a lot of other costs to meet. Street lighting is a very expensive venture. If the government can direct the power suppliers to incur the cost of the street lighting before being contracted, then the problem would be solved,” he said.

He however, says most urban council leaders are opting from solar powered streetlights, which don’t have monthly bills.

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Yanga in Title Celebration Mode

Photo: Rahel Pallangyo/ Daily News

Yung Africans striker Amissi Tambwe celebrates with team mate, Emmanuel Martin, after scoring his team’s lone goal in a 1-0 Mainland Premier League win over Toto African at the National Stadium in Dar es Salaam.

Amissi Tambwe’s goal helped Young Africans to close within touching distance of a third successive Mainland Premier League crown as they downed Toto African 1- 0 at the National Stadium.

Jangwani Street based club opened a three-point gap at the league’s summit, sitting top on 68 points ahead of their close competitor and rivals Simba SC, who need miracles to win this season’s title.

It means, the Jangwani Street lads do not just have one hand on the trophy but those green and yellow ribbons are being tied and the engraver has sharpened his tool ready for the calligraphy.

Yanga can win a third consecutive title by earning just a point in their last league match against relegation threatened Mbao FC at the CCM Kirumba Stadium in Mwanza on Saturday.

If it happens that Yanga lose to Mbao, it will require their closest challengers Simba SC to beat Mwadui FC 13 clear goals on the same day, to be crowned champions.

This means, mathematically, Simba are still slightly on the title race picture but on papers, definitely Yanga have already sealed their record 26th league title, a feat no other team has achieved before. And, it will be a richly deserved title, a third straight, fifth in six years and 26th in the club’s 82-year history. In the game yesterday, Toto Africans showed resistance but there was never any doubt that Yanga would win the game.

Toto African looked to delay the Yanga title party with a determined display that shocked many fans. The visitors defended stoutly as they sought to keep their scant hopes of avoiding relegation alive.

As it stands, Toto African will need to win their last match against Mtibwa Sugar at the Manungu grounds in Turiani, Morogoro on Saturday, and keep their fingers crossed that Mbao and Ndanda FC fail to collect maximum points in their respective last matches.

Toto African remained second bottom on 29 points while Ndanda and Mbao are tied on 30 points but Mbao is ahead of Ndanda due to goal difference advantage.

The match started strongly and Yanga came knocking as early as in the fifth minute, when Zambian striker Aubrey Chirwa failed to make contact with Haruna Niyonzima’s ball.

Yanga were attacking thick and fast and Niyonzima was linking well with box to box Zimbabwean midfielder, Thabani Kamusoko in the middle of the pack but the front liners Tambwe, Chirwa and Geoffrey Mwashuiya struggled to penetrate resolute Toto African defenders.

Toto African made a rare foray upfront in the 25th minute but skipper Laurent Lusajo fumbled with a chance. Three minutes later, Toto threatened again, this time, Waziri Junior missed from a close range with keeper Beno Kakolanya slightly out of position.

Kamusoko forced keeper David Kisu into a full stretch in the 38th minute, to push away a 30 metres low drive to a fruitless corner kick.

Then Chirwa forced himself into the box two minutes later, but defenders stood firm to stop him. Yanga were still on ascendancy and in the 42nd minute Kamusoko skipped past few defenders but his shot could not hit the target.

With the visitors happy to get numbers behind the ball and sit deep, Yanga struggled to find a way through during an eventful first half.

Coach George Lwandamina made changes in the second half, bringing in Deus Kaseke and Emmanuel Martin for Juma Mahadhi and Godfrey Mwaishuya as Yanga continued to look the team more likely to score. They put keeper Kisu and his defenders under siege.

On his side, Toto African coach, Fulgence Novatus introduced Waziri Ramadhani for Natoka Mohamed Soud. Toto Africans nearly caught Yanga napping, when Waziri Junior shot narrowly but missed the target in the 53rd.

Two minutes later, Niyonzima fired a powerful shot that narrowly missed the top corner as the visitors started to fade off giving the champions- elect more room to push further into their box.

In the 74th minute, Haji Mwinyi’s fierce shot sailed wide and a minute later, Chirwa missed a chance to score with a miscued header. But Toto Africans were undone on 80 minutes when Tambwe rifled home his 11th league goal of the season from close range.

He connected home with a blistering header a dazzling cross from Juma Abdul. With four minutes remaining, Kaseke almost extended the lead, pouncing on a loose ball but the keeper stood firm to stop his close shot.

We’ve Passed Title Test, Says Yanga’s Haroub

Photo: The Citizen

Yanga fans.

Dar es Salaam — Defender Nadir Haroub says Young Africans’ 2-1 victory over Mbeya City proved the Mainland Premier League leaders won’t crack under the stress of the title race.

George Lwandamina’s men now need only one win from their remaining two matches to retain the title.

Victory over relegation threatened Toto African of Mwanza tomorrow will seem Yanga crowned Mainland champions in the Zambian coach’s first season in charge of the Jangwani Street team. On Saturday, they took a giant step towards the league title and the jackpot that goes with it with a 2-1 win over stubborn Mbeya City at the National Stadium.

With the pressure mounting in the closing days of the season, Yanga showed nerves of steel as goals from Simon Msuva and Abrey Chirwa wrapped up a vital win.

“Cannavaro,” as Haroub is popularly known, said yesterday that it was a huge boost to respond to Simba’s statement of intent with a win.

“We passed a test. It was a tough game. Now is one step closer to the title and we have two games left,” he said. Yanga had stumbled, just a little, two or so months ago, breathing life into the title race by losing or dropping two points in games they should have won.

But now there’s no room for error, according to Haroub, one of the vastly experienced players in the Dar es Salaam team.

While Yanga are on the verge for the title, Toto African bank on miracle to survive relegation when the topflight comes to a close on May 20.

The Mwanza outfit sit second from the bottom with 29 points from as many outings, six ahead of JKT Ruvu who will compete in a lower division- National First Division League- next season.

Defeat to Yanga in tomorrow’s match will kill off whatever little hopes they have of avoiding relegation.

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Vodacom Premiership League Glory in Sight for Classy Yanga

By Majuto Omary

Dar As Salaam — Young Africans head assistant coach Juma Mwambusi says he can’t ask more of his team after they moved to within touching distance of glory at the expense of Kagera Sugar yesterday.

“We’re very close. But we need to do another step and get six points in our remaining three matches,” Mwambusi said.

“I’m very proud of what the team has achieved up until now. I can’t ask any more,” the former Tanzania Prisons head coach said.

But with tricky matches against Mbeya City and relegation haunted Toto African still to come, Mwambusi says there is no room for complacency.

The Jangwani Street giants will take on stubborn Mbeya City on Sunday at the national Stadium before confronting Toto at the same venue.

They will wind up their league campaign against Mbao FC at the CCM Kirumba in Mwanza.

Second-placed Simba will face Mtwara’s Ndanda FC at the National Stadium on Friday.

In yesterday’s match, Yanga, needing to a win to underline their quest for the title, thumped Kagera Sugar 2-1 in an exciting clash at the National Stadium.

They made a bright start and fluffed three clear chances early in the first half, the culprits being Obrey Chirwa, Simon Msuva and Amissi Tambwe. In the 19th minute, unmarked Chirwa failed to connect home a Msuva cross to the disappointment of Yanga fans.

Kagera Sugar responded a few minutes later but inept finishing let them down. Msuva redeemed himself in the 39th minute when he brilliantly headed home a Geoffrey Mwashiuya’s corner ball.

However the goal did not survived for long time as Kagera Sugar equalized in the 45th Mbaraka Yusuph following mistakes made by Kelvin Yondani. Young Africans started the second half with quick pace and scored the second goal in the 52nd through Obrey Chirwa following good cross from Niyonzima.

Line up; young Africans: benno kakolanya, Hassan Kessy, haji mwinyi, kelvin yondani, nadir haroub, thabani kamusoko, simon msubva, haruna niyonzima, obrey Chirwa, amisi tambwe, geofrey mwashiuya

Kagera sugar; Juma Kaseja, Godfrey taiga, mwaita gereza, babu seif, Mohammed fakhi, seleman mangoma, ally nassoro, mbaraka yusuphy, Edward Christopher, ame ally

Yanga On the Verge of 26th Title

Holders Young Africans edged closer to winning their 26th Mainland Premier League title, following a 2-1 win over Kagera Sugar at the National Stadium in Dar es Salaam yesterday.

They returned to the top of the table level on 62 points with Simba, but the Jangwani Street lads are ahead on goal difference. With three games to go, Yanga are just seven points away from retaining their title. Their rivals Simba have two matches to go.

Simon Msuva first half strike was cancelled by Mbaraka Yusuf few seconds before the interval, but Zambian striker Aubrey Chirp netted the winner in the second half. Outside of a few nervy moments in the first half, the victory was never in doubt for Yanga, who roared to life in the second half to dominate the visitors.

Just two minutes from the start Yanga quickly found themselves on the break. Yanga came out in fine form against their opponents and Haruna Niyonzima’s cross in the 4th minute found Chirwa in a good position but the striker could not make the most from the chance.

Then right defender Hassan Kessy’s deadly cross inside the box two minutes later was cleared by defender Mohamed Fakhi.

Yanga continued to pour forward in numbers and in the 10th minute, outstanding veteran goalkeeper Juma Kaseja had to come off his line rushing to clear a Haji Mwinyi’s hanging cross and in the process, the former Taifa Stars’ first choice goalie collided with Chirwa. He had to be treated for some minutes after sustaining a knock.

Kessy was enjoying himself going forward. And the diminutive right back fizzled a cross, which was well met by Msuva in the 13th minute but the rocket shot slightly sailed wide.

Then Kagera Sugar threatened two minutes later, when Yusuf beat veteran defender Nadir Haroub to the ball and the defender had to tackle from behind to stop the youthful striker.

In the 20th minute, Chirwa produced one of the bizarre miss, candidate for the miss of the season, when he blazed wide an otherwise goal bound shot by Msuva. Astonishingly, the Zambian striker intercepted the ball and headed wide.

Immediately thereafter, Kagera Sugar skipper, George Kavilla tested the keeper Kakolanya with a cheeky shot but the custodian was well alerted to clear the danger.

Kagera Sugar pushed forward again and in the 35th minute, Selemani Mangoma’s 30 metres drive nearly beat the keeper but narrowly missed the target. After several attempts, Msuva struck six minutes before the break to give a 1-0 lead and restore Yanga’s first place standing in the league table.

Winger Geoffrey Mwashiuya curled a brilliant left-footed corner kick that was well met by Msuva’s header at the near post to beat Kaseja into the top left corner of the goal. Even after conceding, Kagera Sugar never faded with efforts from Yusuf, Mangoma and Christopher Edward testing the nerves of Yanga fans.

Yusuf’s shot in the 43rd minute forced a tip off clearance from a well positioned Kakolanya at the near post. Yondani was forced to make a timely tackle to deny Ame Ally a minute before the interval, but could not stop Yusuf to pull level.

The striker coolly netted after receiving a pass from Mangoma. Yondani fumbled with a clearance and Mangoma latched onto a drop ball to set up the scorer. Yusuf, however, cost his team dearly in the late minutes after he was sent off by referee Ngole Mwangole for a second bookable offence after fouling Yondani.

Yanga came out in the second half looking to restore their lead and Chirwa was able to provide the necessary cushion with a fine finish past Kaseja in the 52nd minute. The Zambian tapped in from a yard out after another brilliant cross from Niyonzima, to net his 11th goal of the campaign.

Msuva could have stretched out the lead in the 57th minute, when he outpaced defenders but fired wide. Coach George Lwandamina introduced Juma Abdul for Hassan Kessy as Yanga maintained their ascendency to the game.

However, they survived a scare in the 83rd minute, when Kagera Sugar striker broke clear with a swift counter attack but substitute Themi Felix’s cross was easily cleared by defenders.

In the 72nd minute Kaseja produced a reflex save to deny Amissi Tambwe a clear scoring opportunity.

Flour Scarcity Hits Nairobi As Millers Run Out of Maize

Photo: The Nation

Farmers weigh maize at a National Cereals and Produce Board depot in Elburgon, Molo. Millers say they are running out of stock (file photo).

By Gerald Andae And Lynet Igadwah

Kenya is staring at potential food shortages with an acute deficit of maize flour already being experienced in supermarkets.

A spot check in different retail outlets in Nairobi shows some supermarkets have run out of stocks while others are selling just one brand, meaning prices could rebound to previous highs as millers say they have no maize.

One of the Naivas supermarkets along Ronald Ngala Street had only stocked the premium brand of Hostess, which sells at Sh184 while all the relatively popular cheap brands were missing.

Tuskys Supermarket outlet along the same street had less than 50 packets of Kifaru brand retailing at Sh132 per two kilogramme.

Nick Hutchinson, chairman of the Cereal Millers Association, told the Business Daily the millers might be forced to stop production due to insufficient maize stocks.

“There are no stocks to mill at all and our hopes are on the maize from Mexico that is expected next month,” he said.

Kenya is importing maize from Mexico to curb the runaway prices that hit a record high of Sh153 for a 2kg packet, before declining to an average of Sh130 last month after the government released cheap maize from the Strategic Food Reserve.

The shipment is expected to take 45 days and the earliest it can get to the country is next month according to millers.

The ministry of Agriculture released 750,000 bags to millers at a cost of Sh3,000 per 90kg bag against the market price of Sh4,500.

CMA members were allocated 450,000 bags and they have so far purchased 400,000 bags. Smaller processers purchased the balance of the allocation.

Food component is a key driver of inflation and the increasing cost of these items pushed the cost of living to a 57-month high.

Kenya National Bureau of Statistics data shows inflation increased from 10.28 per cent in March to 11.48 per cent in April — the highest rate since May 2012.

This was lifted by higher food prices that have been on the rise since last year. Prices of sugar and milk have also increased significantly.

The millers will issue a statement on the current situation of maize in the country later on Friday.

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Museveni Urges Local Leaders to Allocate Free Land to Investors

Photo: Dennis Edema/Daily Monitor

President Museveni (with a hat) is taken on a guided tour of the Sunbelt factory in Jinja.

By Tausi Nakato & Abubaker Kirunda

Jinja — Investors looking to invest in industrial development must be allocated free land without delay, President Museveni has directed.

Justifying his directive, Mr Museveni said granting free land to investors will boost industrialisation, which will in turn solve the unemployment question.

Speaking at the launch of Sunbelt Textile Company in Jinja Town on Monday, the President said investors who want to establish factories and industries should be provided free land without any delay, arguing that Ugandans will be the ultimate beneficiaries.

He said it’s the economy that stands to lose if Ugandans make it hard for investors to operate in

“At least 1,200 youth are now employed in this factory. If we get another 10 factories of this kind in Jinja then we will have at least 12,000 youth employed here. And if we get 100 factories like this one then we will have all our youths in Busoga get jobs and we will even have excess jobs,” Mr Museveni said.

He continued: “For this to happen I want you to give investors land so that they don’t find it a challenge when they want to set up factories here. Already I have worked on the issue of electricity and it is no longer a problem.”

Creating excess jobs

Mr Museveni said he wants to turn Uganda and particularly Busoga sub-region into a Japan of sorts where there are excess jobs for the youth.

He noted that a factory does not need a huge space as it can operate on a small piece of land but with high capacity for mass employment unlike a farm that takes a huge space yet employs very few people.

“This factory sits on 13 acres of land and it generates $110m (Shs396b) every year.

“But if the same land is used to grow potatoes, how much do you think will be collected every year and how many will be employed?” The President asked.

He continued: “You know very well that Jinja is an industrial area and that is why we need more industries here to create many jobs and make us a lot of money compared to what we can earn from agriculture.”

According to the President, the future prosperity of the country can be generated from industries, both big and small scale, commercial agriculture and in services such as hotels and Information Technology.

These sectors, he said, will boost the economy and help supplement the meagre job (about 40,000 jobs) opening that the government provides every year.

Mr Museveni also warned against corruption, saying it scares away potential investors from investing in the country.

“You have to be trustworthy so as not to tarnish your name as a country. If you are not a trustworthy person when these people go back to their country they tell others that Ugandans are thieves and this is not good for our reputation and our efforts to turn our country into an investment destination.”

He, however, pledged to have the Jinja Municipality road improved, saying it will also enhance the status of the town.

He said: “Your people stole my money for Katosi Road but the work has since resumed so don’t get worried. The money for roads is available and we are going to work on Main Street Road, Walukuba-Masese Road and Nile Resort Hotel Road.”

His pledge followed an appeal from the Mayor of Jinja Municipality, Mr Majidu Batambuze, on renovation of roads which are currently in a poor state.

The chairperson of Sunbelt Group of Companies, Mr Sun Lian Zhang, said they have invested $18 million (Shs64.8b) in the company.

Priority sectors

In 2014, then minister for Investment Gabriel Ajedra said a new criterion had been drawn by the government to start giving free land to investors.

“Uganda Investment Authority (UIA) has developed a land allocation criteria which has already been approved by both UIA and PPDA that will be used to allocate land to all deserving investors in all our industrial parks across the country,” Mr Ajedra said at the Media Centre in Kampala.

He said investors in four government priority sectors; minerals, hospitality and tourism, agro-processing and ICT, will get land.

UIA strategy

While speaking about her target to transform Uganda into a top investment destination recently, Ms Jolly Kaguhangire, the executive director of Uganda Investment Authority, said part of her strategy was to look into interests of Uganda, the needs of investors and look at UIA’s internal capacity to take on a different approach to grow investment.

Top on her agenda is to ensure that industrial parks are functional.

“Functional industrial parks covering four regions of the country will be developed by the end of four years, beginning with the completion of Kampala Industrial Business Park Namanve, Nakasongola and others,” she said.

Ms Kaguhangire said she intends to build investor confidence and strengthen processes at UIA. “Investor confidence cannot be built when you have poor services, delays in processes, we have to have professionalism in what we are doing,” she said.

Nigeria: Public Water Samples Show Harmful Germs

By Hussein Yahaya, Taiwo Adeniyi, Christiana T. Alabi, Tony Adibe, Ibrahim Mus

Abuja, Kaduna and Enugu — A Daily Trust independent water investigation reveals germs which are harmful to human health.

Water samples obtained from different locations in Abuja, Lagos and Kaduna indicated the presence of microbiological organisms that exceeded the maximum permissible level by the World Health Organisation (WHO) and the Nigerian Standard for Drinking Water Quality (NSDWQ) limits.

Daily Trust had conducted an analysis of public water from seven states including Enugu, Plateau, Katsina and Kano states at different testing centres.

Water sample taken from Emeka Anyaoku Street, Area 11, Garki, Abuja on Tuesday, April 4 and tested at the National Water Resources Institute, Kaduna showed “20 cfu/100ml of Thermotolerant Coliform which exceeded the 0cfu/100ml maximum permissible level (mpl) by the WHO and the Nigerian Industrial Standard 554: 2007.”

Thermotolerant Coliform are the commonly used bacterial indicator for sanitary quality of water.

Also, the Total Coliform in the sample was 37cfu/ml, which exceeded the maximum permissible level of 10cfu/ml by the WHO and NSDWQ.

The American Public Health Association (19th Edition) was used in the testing while it showed some potential pathogenic (diseases causing) organisms from faecal and environmental origins.

The analysis signed by the institute’s head, Water Supply and Sanitation, Ahmed Salisu Hassan, and analysed by Agboola Irene Omolara, revealed that the values of faecal coliform and total coliforms indicator organisms are above the standard guideline values recommended for drinking water.

The source of disease causing organisms, according to the analysts, might be the water board treated water; dirty storage tank(s); inappropriate sample collection, sample handling, contaminated sample container; possible insanitary condition of surroundings leaking service pipe(s) and or combination of both.

According to the Nigerian Industrial Standard (NIS 554:2007) by NSDWQ, the health impact of drinking water that exceeded the maximum limits of Total Coliform Count and Thermotolerant Coliform include, “urinary tract infections, bacteraemia, diarrhoea, (one of the main cause of morbidity and mortality among children), acute renal failure and haemolytic anaemia.”

Dr. J. Abdulrasheed, a medical practitioner in Ilorin, Kwara State, corroborated the provisions of the Nigeria Industrial Standard stated above.

The result of water sample from Lagos taken from 26, Dairo Street, Ketu, also shows presence of germs, thereby not safe for human consumption.

“The water sample was found to be acidic. It had high aerobic mesophilic count, Coliform and Escherichia coli,” said Martins Etaduovie, the analyst from a private laboratory that conducted the analysis.

The analysis showed that there were 148CFU/ml counts of aerobic mesophilic organism which exceeded the 102 limit by the NIS 306:2008 for potable water used by the laboratory.

The Kaduna sample was collected from Babandodo Street, Kakuri, Kaduna South Local Government Area and from the result, the level of Thermotolerant Coliform and Coliform are too numerous to count, making it totally unsafe for human.

The test which was also carried out at the National Water Institute, Kaduna used the American Public Health Association (19th Edition) in the analysis and indicated total coliforms indicator organisms above the standard guideline recommended for drinking water.

The results for Abuja and Kaduna, however, showed the colour and appearance are at acceptable level, while the levels of chemical inorganic constituents are also good. The analysis also indicated that the sample had clear appearance, un-objectional colour and lower turbidity characteristics in comparison with the maximum permissible level recommended for drinking water, which signifies the water is aesthetically acceptable.

Also, the water, according to the analysis, will not lead to wastage of soap during cleansing and scale formation on hot water boilers due to lower concentration of hardness causing substances.

“The water board treated water will not lead to elevation of blood pressure due to very low concentration of salinity in comparison with the standard guideline value recommended for drinking water,” it reads.

The analysis from Kano and Katsina shows that the water is safe for drinking with the required level of constituents. However, the maximum permitted limits for Thermotolerant Coliform in the results from the two states read 10cfu/100ml instead of the 0cfu/100ml by the WHO and NSDWQ guidelines.

The Kano sample had 0.2cfu/100ml while Katsina had 0.31cfu/100ml.The sample from Kano, taken from Giginyu, Nasarawa Local Government Area, was submitted to the privately owned laboratory on April 12.

“Based on the analysis carried out, the result of all the parameters is within the WHO guide limit and the NSDWQ most probable limit. And therefore, the Water is safe for drinking,” Ilyasu Rabiu Isihak, the scientific officer of the private laboratory in Shagari Quarters, off Zoo Road, Kano used for the analysis said.

But the analysis showed that the maximum permissible levels of Thermotolerant Coliform to be 10cfu/100ml instead of 0cfu/100ml as recommended by the WHO and NSDWQ.

While making clarification via telephone, Mr. Isihak said, “I will wish to correct some writing, the coli (thermotolerant coliform) are unwanted because recent literatures have shown that should be unwanted contrary to what was indicated there,” he said.

He, however, said the water was still safe because, “the Thermotolerant Coliform was 0.2cfu/100ml as the sample from Kano while the sample from Katsina had 0.31cfu/100ml. which is less than 0.5 which is less than one. If you round off the number it is still zero, so the water is still safe for drinking.”

However, the sample from Enugu tested at the Federal Ministry of Water Resources, Zonal Office, Enugu showed that the sample taken from Edinburgh Road, Enugu was safe for drinking.

The result signed by the laboratory manager, Ogochukwu Ene, said the water was safe for drinking and other domestic or industrial activities.

The Total Coliform Count, E.coli and Enterococci are all at 0cfu.The sample was taken to the laboratory on April 4 and the result released on April 11.

The sample collected from British America Junction, off Murtala Mohammed Way, Jos, Plateau State was however free from harmful germs.

The sample collected on Thursday, April 20 was analysed at the National Water Resources Institute, Kaduna met the WHO and NSDWQ maximum permissible level for all parameters.

The analyst, Samuel Joyce Yemisi, said the good quality treated water will require pipe leakage surveillance to ensure protection against contaminant flow.

“The treated water at British America Junction off Murtala Mohammed way is suitable for domestic supply since all the necessary parameters analysed are within the standard guideline recommended for drinking water.

“However, it is imperative to improve the total residual concentration due to possible pipe(s) leakage, protection against pathogenic contaminants flow and safeguarding health of the teaming population of the area,” the report was also signed by the Ahmed Saliu Hassan, the head, Water Supply and Sanitation at the institute.

Results can’t be generalised -FCT water board

The Director, Federal Capital Territory Water Board, Hudu Bello, said the board did not compromise standard, assuring that the all parameters are verified by professionals at the board before water was dispensed to the residents.

He said the microbiological organisms might have entered the water sampled while it was been taken at the point or through the container it was taken to the laboratory.

But Mr. Toyin Ishola, the water engineer, said what should be paramount to the public water handlers should be the safety of the water running at homes and not only at the treatment plants.

Bello however, said the analysis of the result from a point cannot be generalised on all other service points. “This is just a particular area, this is a localised issue which would not have been there if you had gone back the same day,” he said.

He said it could not have been from the treatment plant and if it was localised, the hygiene of the people around that place might have contributed to it, assuring that there could not have been contamination in other areas. This is a localised post treatment contamination which cannot be said to be true reflection of water from the board.

The source said the board does not allow any contamination and if any contamination was discovered through analysis, people are stopped from using the water while the board usually supply them water with water tankers until the cause was rectified.

Yanga Focus On Vodacom Premier League After Hiccup

By Alexander Sanga

Mwanza — Defending champions Young Africans have now turned focus on the Premier League fixture following a disastrous exit from Azam Sport Federation Cup (ASFC).

The Jangwani Street club crashed out of the tournament after bowing 1-0 to the hosts Mbao FC in the tournament’s semi final match at CCM Kirumba Stadium over the weekend. The team’s official said here after the loss that their immediate focus was their match against Tanzania Prisons to be held this weekend at the National Stadium.

The team’s assistant head coach Juma Mwambusi has said winning the remaining matches of the league is the main task at the moment, short of it, the team would lose all titles. There are 21 points to chase for Yanga do they win all 7 remaining matches.

Speaking after the loss, Mwambusi said his players played well despite missing various chances. Mbao were awarded the winning goal by defender Vicent Andrew ‘Dante’ who netted into his own goal in an attempt to clear Pius Buswita’s cross in the 26th minutes.

The former Tanzania Prison, Mbeya city and Moro United coach, hopes his team will bounce back and win their remaining matches an the championship altogether.

Yanga who have notched 56 points from 25- match outing are placed three-points behind leaders Simba who command the helm with 59 points after playing 27 matches. They are poised to reclaim the drivers’ seat do they beat Tanzania Prisons on Saturday.

Leaders Simba will be facing African Lyon on the same date. It is not only the race for the title that makes this weekend league matches draw much attention, fight to stay in the league also is worth to consider this week.

The match between relegation haunted Toto African and JKT will witness the other side of coin. With 5 matches remaining, JKT Ruvu are still at the bottom of the table with 23 points while Majimaji with 26 points are slightly placed above them at the 15th position. Also relegation threatened Toto African are placed 14th with 26 points. Ndanda FC, who travel to Shinyanga to face hosts Stand United, are not far from the danger zone either.

The Mtwarabased side is placed 13th with 30 points while Mbao FC who face third-placed Azam in Dar es Salaam also face a relegation danger with 30 points.

Meanwhile, Mbao FC head coach Etienne Ndairagije lauded his players for a spirited show that earned the team a place in the final for the first time. “Our players worked very hard in both halves and we managed to defend our goal bravery.

Yanga is a good team but we didn’t care about that as our target was to beat them and advance to the final,” said the former Vital O coach. Commenting about their preparation about Simba in the final, Etienne said it’s too difficult to talk about Simba.

“I cannot talk about finals at the moment, but we are now planning strategies to ensure we win our premier league match against Azam FC. I am still confident that we will win our premier league matches so as we can stay in the ongoing premier league matches,” Etienne said.

Ndairagije said they will resume with training tomorrow in order to prepare for their next weekend fixture against Azam FC at Chamazi complex in Dares- salaam.

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