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Confusion Over Sale of Gulu City Garbage Skips

Patrick Olany, the Director Acholi Scrap Dealers told URN that they collected the skips, wheelbarrows and sidewalk bins last week upon payment of the money in Gulu City Council bank account.
The letter for the sale of the garbage skips

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There is confusion over the disposal of eight garbage skips belonging to Gulu city. The garbage skips, three wheelbarrows and three walk side bins were sold to Acholi Scrap Dealers, a scrap dealer at Shillings 860,000. 

Patrick Olany, the Director Acholi Scrap Dealers told URN that they collected the skips, wheelbarrows and sidewalk bins last week upon payment of the money in Gulu City Council bank account.  

In his Feb 28th, 2020 letter to the Town Clerk, Olany said they would recycle the scrap into genuine items for daily use like metallic boxes and cans among others. 

The Principal Treasurer Gulu Municipal Council granted the dealers permission on July 27th 2020 to collect the scrap.

 

However, the Interim Gulu City Mayor, George Labeja denies having any knowledge on the sale of the skips, saying he is yet to find out from the accounting officer. 

 

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According to Labeja, the sale of the scrap wasn’t part of the suggestion by the board of survey that surveyed the City assets a while ago. 

Edward Kiwanuka, the Interim Gulu City Town Clerk equally denies having approved the sale. 

However, said Gulu City Council is in the process of procuring 56 garbage skips to help in waste management. 

Michael Lubanga, the acting Gulu City Principal Health Inspector revealed that the sale of the skips was done before he took over the office, making it tricky for him to comment on the matter. 

 

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Moses Abonga, the Laroo City Division Chairperson told URN that the scrap dealers stormed the Division headquarters and picked one of the skips after removing the ones at Gulu Main Market without prior notice. 

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Abonga said the illegal sale of the garbage skips will greatly affect garbage management in the Division, more especially Gulu Main Market.  

Statistics from Gulu City Council indicate that Gulu City generates about 100 tons of garbage weekly but only 70 percent is collected and taken to the landfill.