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Neighbors of Arapai Cattle Market Decry of Poor Hygiene

Simon Peter Emetu, the Arapai Sub County LC 3 chairperson, says the market attracts people of different characters, adding that they have asked the contractor to employ staff to keep directing traders to the pit latrines.
Women buying cabbage transported from Mbale to Arapai Cattle Market, the prices ranged from 400 - 1000 shillings per cabbage

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Communities neighboring Arapai Cattle Market have decried the poor hygiene and sanitation in the market, which they say significantly, affects their environment. The market that operates on Thursdays attracts more than 3000 traders drawn from Teso, Bugisu and Northern regions.

Arapai Cattle Market is a major source of revenue for Soroti District Local Government fetching close to Shillings 12 Million each month. Ocean One Company Ltd currently manages revenue collection in the market.

The market has a single five stance pit latrine despite the huge numbers of traders operating in it. Traders pay Shillings 300 to use the facility. As a result, many traders resort to bushes to answer nature's call.

The communities neighboring the market say the sanitary and hygiene condition at the market is wanting. Teddy Oluka, a resident of Arapai says the population is very big comprising of people with various characters who seem not to value hygiene, which exposes the neighboring communities to diseases such as cholera. 

He says the situation worsens when it rains especially on Fridays because the entire area stinks.

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Noah Okiror, one of the traders recalls a day he visited the pit latrine and asked for water to wash his hands but the attendants abused him.

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Gorrety Amulo, the Health Inspector Arapai Sub County, admits that they are experiencing a big challenge in managing the market. "The waste which is generated at Arapai market in a particular day is too much yet some of the waste cannot stay for the next day without smelling," Amulo said.

Amulo explains that the market neighbors, Soroti University, Teso College Aloet both East Wing and West Wing and Arapai sub county headquarters. According to Amulo, there is a big gap between the contractor and sub county leadership. 

He however, says they have integrated the management of Arapai Cattle Market in the sub county work plan. She says they allocated Shillings 700,000 this Financial for cleaning the market. 

Simon Peter Emetu, the Arapai Sub County LC 3 chairperson, says the market attracts people of different characters, adding that they have asked the contractor to employ staff to keep directing traders to the pit latrines.

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