Kampala Capital City Authority has increased funding for garbage collection due to the high fuel costs.
Jennifer Ssemakula Musisi, the Executive Director Kampala Capital City Authority says that garbage collection was paralyzed over the last two weeks because of the high fuel costs.
She says that they have now increased funding from shillings 1.5 million to 2.5 million shillings daily to each division for garbage collection.
Musisi has also advised the division authorities to transport garbage at night when there is less traffic to reduce on their fuel consumption.
Nasser Kibirige Takuba, chairman Kawempe division has welcomed the increased funding for garbage collection.
He says that three of the seven garbage collection trucks in Kawempe division were temporally stopped from operating because of limited funding.
Joe Nakibinge, Makindye division speaker is optimistic that additional funding shall yield positive results. She says that they have been drawing money from other sectors to provide money required for waste management.
Nakibinge however wants strict measures put into place to stop drivers from abusing fuel provided for garbage collection. According to the state of Environment Report of Uganda 2006/2007, over 800 tons of garbage is generated in Kampala daily.
The report also shows that 80 percent of the garbage is partly plastics, polythene bags, tree cuttings, glass, metals, paper, and construction and demolition debris.
Jennifer Ssemakula Musisi, the capital city executive director says that transforming the city cleanness and garbage collection tops her priorities.