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Dumping Stinking Poultry, Piggery Waste Triggers Protests by Mukono Residents

The Kimbuguma LCI Chairperson Ronald Kasule says about 200 residents staying close to the boundaries of Lubega’s land are affected. He notes they have appealed to him halt the process until digging deep pits to dump the rotten materials but he has turned on a deaf hear.
29 Sep 2021 19:37
House flies on bushes and nearby gardens sorrounding the dumping area.

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Residents of Kimbuguma, Kakoola and Samuuka villages in Nama Sub County, Mukono district have asked authorities to block city tycoon Drake Lubega from illegally dumping of poultry and piggery excrements in their area. 

Lubega bought 52 acres of land in the three villages. However, for the past one month he has reportedly been dumping rotten waste from his poultry and piggery farms located at Bwebajja.

Residents claim the dumping produces a strong stench, harbours big mosquitoes and flies that end up spreading in their gardens and homes. Muhammad Ssenabulya, a resident at Kimbuguma wonders why the tycoon ordered dumping of waste close to the residential area of the huge chunk of land he owns.

Ssenabulya who is a bodaboda rider says has now spent a week staying at home without working due stomach pain resulting from the stench. He notes that his three children cry of stomach pain every night.

 

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Another resident Zam Nakalule who has stayed in the area for over 40 years says the stench has made her hate staying at home but she has no alternatives where to go or capacity to shift.

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URN has visited the ground and established that the stench from the dumping site  covers a distance of about 1,000 meters. The stinking site is guarded by armed security personnel from GKO security company. 

At the time we reached on ground, a truck labeled with stickers of Elite High School Entebbe was dumping the stinking manure.

The Kimbuguma LCI Chairperson Ronald Kasule says about 200 residents staying close to the boundaries of Lubega’s land are affected. He notes they have appealed to him halt the process until digging deep pits to dump the rotten manure but he has turned on a deaf hear.

 

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URN has tried contacting Drake Lubega on his availed contacts to ask him about plans of alleviating the stinking challenges in the community but they have been off.

However, his site manager who has identified himself as Lwanga us an excavator they had brought to dig deep pits for dumping this decomposing matter but unfortunately it developed a fault before doing the work.

Lwanga who also oversees the construction of a big warehouse on the ground has noted that the decomposing matter will be transformed into fertilizers which the community will also be able to share.

The Nama LC3 Chairperson John Bosco Isabirye has promised to write to Lubega halt the dumping process until digging of deep pits or they will stop him from further accessing their sub county. 

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