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Ankole Town councils Struggle to Manage Waste

Patrick Kajumba, the LC III chairperson Kaberebere town council in Isingiro district, says the town council is faced with a challenge of managing garbage due to a small budget.
29 Apr 2019 07:54

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Town councils in Greater Ankole districts are struggling with waste management.  There are over 30 town councils in Greater Ankole.  

However, most of them are struggling to collect and dispose garbage in their areas.

The worst is the plastic waste, which is used as packing materials. The garbage often ends up in drainage channels and swamps contaminating waters sources that are used by residents and livestock.

Patrick Kajumba, the LC III chairperson Kaberebere town council in Isingiro district, says the town council is faced with a challenge of managing garbage due to a small budget. 

He says the town council relies on local revenue collection to fund such activities. 

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Safari Mugyenyi, the Sanga town council LC 3 chairperson in Kiruhura district, says the area almost gets peanuts in form of local revenue.  He says they also lack garbage collecting trucks as well as a garbage dumping site.  

He says they currently depend on the help of residents who are interested in using the waste for mulching or manure in their gardens. Mugyenyi faults residents for dumping waste in corridors and drainage channels.  

Julius Mugabe, a resident of Ndekye Town council in Rubirizi, says that the town is filthy because of uncollected garbage. He says that once in a while the authorities hire trucks to collect waste and turn a deaf ear for several weeks.      

Mugabe also notes that residents act irresponsibly because they dump garbage wherever they find.

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  Elly Muhwezi, the Coordinator of Uganda Citizens Alliance, says despite the inadequate available resources the town council has hired garbage collectors whose only interest is profit maximization.  

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Muhwezi says the authorities in the respective urban authorities are irresponsible.

He wants the authorities to come up with punitive measures to ensure that residents and business community operate in a healthy environment. 

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The Isingiro Local Council five chairperson, Jeremiah Kamurali, says the town councils must ensure that the issue of garbage collection is given priority despite the merge resources.  

Kamurali says it is irresponsible for the town council officials to continue lamenting about resources instead of engaging residents so that the challenge is addressed.