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
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.
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
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.
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
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.