She said the move was aimed at helping people operating in shopping malls, restaurants and town dwellers to visit the places of convenience without any charge.
Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA) has allocated about 100 million shillings for maintaining and repairing 11 public toilets in the city. While presenting the 2012/2013 financial year budget, Jennifer Musisi, the KCCA executive director scrapped the user fee on public toilets. She said the move was aimed at helping people operating in shopping malls, restaurants and town dwellers to visit the places of convenience without any charge.
Now, Musisi says that KCCA has allocated shillings 100 million to maintain and republic public toilets. She explains that half of the money will be used for maintaining the toilets and outsourcing the cleaning services. Musisi however, explains that the authority is starting with its own toilets before enforcing the law requiring other business enterprises to provide free sanitary services.
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It costs between 100 and 200 shillings for every toilets usage regardless of the number of times one uses the facility. According to the World Toilet Organization (WTO), the average person goes to the toilet at least six times a day making it about 2,500 times in a year.
Musisi told MPs on presidential affairs committee this afternoon that despite the fact that many toilet attendants may lose their jobs, failing to provide free toilet services to the public would amount to a failure on the part of the authority.
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While some legislators applauded the move by KCCA, other legislator think the money is better utilized elsewhere. Barnabas Tinkasiimire, the chairperson of the Presidential Committee supported the move by KCCA saying it would save many people including school children who may fail to get 200 shillings to pay for the toilets.
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Cerinah Nebanda, the Butaleja District Woman MP said KCCA would rather invest such a huge amount of money other crucial sectors saying people would still continue to pay for the facilities in the city centre. She feared that scrapping the toilet fees will compromise the zeal of attendants to keep the toilets clean. The pay-and-use toilets were adopted by the defunct KCC more than a decade ago.
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