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At least 50
structures near Kiteezi landfill have been submerged by flooding.
The affected structure include
residential and commercial houses, kraals, resting shades and garbage sorting
pavements constructed between 2013 and 2020.
Yokaana Kabunga, a resident of Kabuwoko village says the flooding stems from
the garbage that has extended to people’s property.
He says residents bought
the land more than 20 years ago but the increasing garbage has now encroached
on their property leading to flooding.
//Cue in “abatunza kasasilo nebatunda…
Cue out … abantu batuufu nyo.”//
Stephen Kalyemenya, the Chairman Kiteezi Salvagers Community group, says one in
10 of all structures constructed near the landfill since 2013 stand a high risk
He says this exposes tens of hundreds of people in greater
danger in case of heavy rains.
According to Tony Kyimba Sempebwa, LC III Chairman Kasangati
town council in Wakiso district, says the number of structures built in these
high-risk areas standing about five 5 meters from the landfill has more than
doubled in recent years.
He says more
than 500 new at-risk structures mostly homes have been built since 2013.
Godfrey Semmambo, Chairman Kiteezi village says several
residents have been affected with toilets and houses filled with water while
some have lost business.
//Cue in “Amatoilet negajula…
Cue out …mbileese nga bingi,”//
Daniel Muhumuza NuweAbine, the KCCA spokesperson says the affected people are
illegally encroaching on landfill land and should vacate before the strong hand
of the law catches up with them.
//Cue in “We appeal to…
Cue out …make the leave.”//
Seated on 36 acres of land, Kiteezi receives about 1,200
tons of waste every day. This is about half the waste generated in Kampala and
some parts of Wakiso.
About 15,000 people residing in six villages surrounding
the landfill namely Lusanja, Kiteezi, Bumbu, Kabwoko, Kyambogo, Kitetika and
Mpererwe have been affected by the dumpsite.
The most affected are
Lusanja, Kiteezi, Bumbu and Kabwoko.