Garbage has piled up on
various streets in Mbale town, a month after it was elevated to a city status. The
garbage is littered everywhere especially at Mbale central market, North Road
and Kumi road among other places.
The garbage has caused
a heavy stench in the town drawing protests from traders. Both residents and
business community have complained about the irregular collection and disposal
They say for over
three months, the city authorities have not collected garbage from the central
business district. Gorge Musoke, a trader along Kumi road, says it’s now a
month since the garbage started piling on the street.
He wonders why the
authorities have failed to clear the garbage despite charging them Shillings 5,000
monthly as garbage collection fees.
Stephen Mudomo, a butcher along Kumi road says the stench and flies from the
garbage have chased away his customer.
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Ayubu Madoi, the Chairperson Mbale Central Market faults the City council for
failing to collect the garbage from the market.
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Martine Busiku, the Northern City Division Town clerk attributes the delayed
removal of the garbage to lack of space at the dumping site in Dokho in Industrial
city Division, which he says is full to capacity.
He however, says they are
doing all they can to ensure that the garbage is spread to create more space at
the dumping site.
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Sezzi Mafabi, the Northern
City Division Acting mayor has called for calm from business people and
residents, saying the garbage problems will be solved this week.
Kenneth Khatuli Woniaye,
the Mbale City Deputy Town Clerk, says their garbage collection trucks broke
down, which has impacted heavily on waste management.
Kirinya Ayubu is the URN Bureau Chief of Elgon/Bukedi Sub Regions . He holds a Bachelors Degree in Mass Communication from Islamic University in Uganda and a Diploma in Computer Science and Information Technology from the same University.