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200 Moroto Homes Closed over Lack of Pit Latrines

The move to close the houses follows several warnings by the municipal authorities to the affected homesteads that went in vain. The LC1 Chairperson Nakapelimen village, Richard Lokeris, says that the operation has been long overdue.

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Moroto Municipal Council has closed more than 200 homes over lack of sanitary facilities.

The operation launched in Nakapelimen ward in South Division discovered that several tenants were answering nature's call in the rivers, polythene bags and in other open places, while others were using toilets of schools, health centres and other institutions.

The move to close the houses follows several warnings by the municipal authorities to the affected homes. 

The LC1 Chairperson Nakapelimen village, Richard Lokeris, says that the operation has been long overdue.

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Samuel Orawu, one the affected persons tenants in Nakapelimen village Nakapelimen ward, says he was not informed about the operation. He says that much as the operation is welcome, there should be prior notice to avoid inconveniences.

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Isaiah Tumwesigye, the Town Clerk Moroto Municipality says the operation is part of the resolutions passed by the district council in October. The resolution required all landlords to improve sanitation.

Tumwesigye revealed that only 10% of residences in Moroto Municipality have pit latrines.

He says the operations will continue until landlords adhere to the council resolution.