Amanda Ngabirano, the chairperson of National Physical Planning Board cautioned that poor garbage management affects the growth of a city by making it unattractive to the people and potential investors.
Officials at Gulu City have been faulted over poor garbage management, which is
compromising public health barely five months after attaining a city status.
A joint team of
officials from the National Physical Planning Board (NPPB) and Ministry of
Lands, Housing and Urban Development also discovered after in a spot check that Gulu
City has declined to get rid of street vendors practice, which is affecting the tax base of the newly created city.
Speaking during a
stakeholders sensitization meeting held in Gulu City on Friday last week Richard
Juuko, the undersecretary Ministry of Lands, Housing and Urban Development
disclosed that if no punitive measures are put in place then the recent glory
of Gulu City which was highly rated in
the implementation of Uganda Support to Municipal Infrastructure Development
(USMID) program, may be outshined by poor garbage management.
Only last month, Gulu residents woke up to the shocking sight of a human leg lying in the middle of Eden Road. It was later that the leg had been stolen by a dog from the general hospital where it had been carelessly thrown away after amputation from a robbery suspect who had been shot in action and brought for treatment. Reckless garbage handling even by professionals who understand the hazards arising is placing the health of the residents in danger.
congratulated the stakeholders in northern Uganda for Gulu's attaining city status, pledged that his ministry would work hand in hand with experts to ensure the City develops according
to lay down government plans.
Amanda Ngabirano, the
chairperson of National Physical Planning Board cautioned that poor garbage
management affects the growth of a city by making it unattractive to the people and potential investors.
She adds that, due to
the unregulated crowding of street vendors in Gulu City several walkways have
become impassable for pedestrians.
Gulu deputy mayor Paulin
Lukway, said people in Gulu City are not mindful of their environment, which was
why they keep on littering the City.
Susan Anyeko, the Grade I magistrate for Amuru and Nwoya districts who represented the Gulu Chief Magistrate during the sensitization meeting said uncollected garbage has messed up Gulu City.
Gulu City Clerk,
Edward Kiwanuka Gwavu, said Gulu is grappling with numerous challenges because
of high demand for better service delivery from the City dwellers.
He said previously
Gulu Municipality served a population of 152,000 but after attaining a City
status the population has risen to 300,000 people.
Gwavu, said more
administrative units have been annexed to form the newly created Gulu City
which is currently five times larger than the Gulu Municipal Council.
He said Gulu
Municipal Council covered 54 square kilometers unlike Gulu City, which is
covering 240 square kilometers.