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Over 150 illegal Sanitary Structures Demolished in Apac Municipality

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Moses Ngura, the Principal Health Educator Apac Municipality, says the week long operation is aimed at ensuring that Apac is clean, healthy and accessible.
police and a team of Apac Municipal on operation demolishing toilet in one of the cooridors in Biasaraa Street, Akere division on Wednesday

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Apac Municipal authorities have razed down more than 150 illegal pit latrines in an operation dubbed “Keep Apac Municipality Clean.”

The affected pit latrines were found to have been built on public land including corridors, back-lines and road reserves.

The operation covered buildings along Apac Hospital, Apac- Lira Street, Akokoro and Chegere road.  

A team of enforcement officers has also been deployed to carry out the operation in Agulu, Atik and Akere divisions.  

The demolition exercise followed a series of community sensitisation meetings, in which the affected people were advised to demolish them in vain. 

Moses Ngura, the Principal Health Educator Apac Municipality, says the week long operation is aimed at ensuring that Apac is clean, healthy and accessible.

He is worried that the Municipality might lose Shillings 21 billion under the Urban Support for Municipal Infrastructural Development-USMID Fund meant for road rehabilitation and construction because of the illegal constructions.

 

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Ngura says the situation is fast improving since many people are looking forward to construct proper drainage and reusable latrines as demanded by the authorities.   

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Tonny Ogwang, the Apac Deputy Town Clerk, says his office has advised the affected residents to use the available public toilets as they plan to construct modern toilets. 

He believes Apac Municipality will be different and meet the required hygiene and sanitary standards within two months’ time.

Andrew Amute, a tenant at Biashara in Akere Division, says the operation has affected him economically, adding that the alternative is not helping since they are a handful of public toilets and only few people can afford.

  

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Sarah Akello, a resident of Owang in Atik Division who is involved in the hotel business, says her life and that of her business are at stake.

She is considering returning to the village instead of living the “uncomfortable life” of easing herself indoors.       

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Section 281 of the Public Health Acts requires all buildings in urban centers to have sanitary facilities and drainage. Those found to be deficient are termed illegal structures liable for demolition.