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
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
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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
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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.