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Kake II Bokoko: 30 Years Thirsty For Pipe-borne Water 

By Marceline Chick — The people of Kake II Bokoko in Meme Division, Southwest Region, have been yearning for pipe-borne water for the past 30 years, says Chief Dr. Samuel Ndome Mukwele. The Chief made the statement while addressing his subjects during a month-long administrative tour of the 11 quarters of the village, which ended on October 6.

Speaking at the various quarters of Ditani, Ngogonjie, Mukete, Ngonge, Motina, Mbote, Itoe Longe, Bisingi, Diffa and Mbaboka, the chief lamented that water has been a great impediment to the development of the village. Chief Ndome Mukwele lamented that they have been struggling on their own to raise village development funds with which they dug trenches and bought pipes in a bid to get water from SNEC.

He said after several complaints to Government, some FCFA 57 million was allocated to the village for pipe-borne water and water started flowing to the jubilation of all. However, the Chief regretted that the water had strings because it was being pumped using electricity supplied by AES SONEL, which made them pay exorbitant bills.

Chief Ndome said they had to dip their hands into the water development funds to pay the electricity bills. He said because of the inability to pay electricity bills, their taps ran dry again. He said that is how they went for years again without pipe-borne water until recently when some experts from Netherlands came to their assistance.

Ndome said after consultative talks, the experts promised to start work in the days ahead, but until the village also shows some commitment to the project. He said it is against this backdrop that they are launching a five-year development fund in all the quarters. Thus, men from the village will be taxed FCFA 10.000 yearly and the women FCFA 5.000 yearly. Ndome disclosed that they have already met the elites of Barombi Mbo who have given them the green light to tap water from the lake.

Besides water, the Chief appealed to his people to sacrifice for the development of the village.
He said their health centre would soon develop into a hospital and they need land to build the nurses’ quarters. “Please, don’t hesitate to surrender your land for compensation if earmarked as a site for development,” he said.

In the course of the tour, the Chief installed the new quarter heads of Diffa, Bernard Abanda Epimba and that of Mbaboka, Edward Okanda Mokube. He exhorted the new officials to help him in the maintenance of law and order in their quarters, transmit and implement his directives to the people. The Chief also commissioned them to keep the quarters clean at all times, fight crimes and to implement all socio-economic and cultural projects in their various quarters.

First published in The Post print edition no 01381

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