Kampala Capital City Authority is at verge of closing more than city 60 buildings over poor sanitation. John Lule, the KCCA chief health Inspector says the decision to close the buildings follows a three months inspection exercise carried out by the authority to ascertain the sanitation and drainage system of city buildings.
He says that their findings indicate that several buildings including shopping arcades, eating places and schools don’t meet the health standards provided for in the public health act. According to the public health act commercial buildings such as films are expected to provide a public stance for at least 100 people.
It also requires that a single toilet is put on each floor on a storied facility. The same law also requires that at least 40 pupils share a single facility as the bottom line. Lule says that the building owners were given several warnings to install the toilets facilities and improve sanitation but they remained adamant.
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He says that some owners of commercial buildings have converted toilet facilities into shops to maximize profits thereby denying their tenants places of convenience.
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On Tuesday, KCCA law enforcement officers closed Nabukeera Plaza and Qualicel building over poor sanitation. By last Wednesday evening, the buildings had not yet been opened.
Alfred Muhumuza, the manager city complex that belongs to city businessman Hassan Basajjabalaba has welcomed the crackdown by KCCA. He says that move will force building owners to comply with the set guidelines. Muhumuza is happy that his building complies with the requirements.
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Lule says that the operation to close the buildings is ongoing until, buildings owners comply with the public health act.