Residents of Mbale are threatening to demonstrate against failure by the local authorities to collect garbage.
The planned demonstration stems from failure by Mbale Municipal Council to collect garbage from the town over the past five months.
Heaps of uncollected garbage has piled in all corners of Mbale town to the chagrin of the local residents who say the situation has become unbearable.
Habib Wamala a resident of Indian Quarters says Mbale Municipal council has since September last year not collected garbage from the area. Wamala says as a result heaps of garbage have piled up and blocked a road leading to Amber Stores.
Wamala says the residents are planning to storm Mbale Municipal Council to protest against the deteriorating sanitation situation which is a result of failure to collect garbage.
In Nkoma Ward, a foul smell from rotting carcasses is what welcomes a visitor to this densely populated slum that is adjacent to the Islamic University in Uganda.
Jenifer Akello who sells a local brew from Soweto near Islamic University says they find it hard to eat because of the foul smell that emanates from the abandoned garbage skips.
James Kutosi the Mbale Municipal Spokesperson admits that the council has taken long without collecting garbage due to lack of funds. He says that the council spends 1.5 million shillings daily for collecting garbage.
Kutosi says the council got some money from the taxi park and hopes to begin collecting the garbage by next week.
Abbey Makwasi the Mbale Municipal Council Speaker blames the divisions for failing to collect garbage from the town. He says the division councils should use the money that they got from the taxi park to clean the town.
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