Anger as Ntungamo Public Toilet is Closed

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Sylvia Tumwebaza, another vendor in the taxi park says she spends between 20 and 30 minutes to walk to and from her friends place to answer natures call.

Operators in Ntungamo Taxi Park are protesting the decision by management to close the newly built public toilets. The water bone toilets were handed over to the taxi management about 10 months ago. However, management closed the toilets two months ago under unclear circumstances.
Justus Nkamusiima, a vendor in the taxi park, says the closure of the facility has worsened the sanitation in the town. According to Nkamusiima, most of the vendors and travelers who don't have courage to gain to use toilet facilities in restaurants use the bush to answer nature's call.
Sylvia Tumwebaza, another vendor in the taxi park says she spends between 20 and 30 minutes to walk to and from her friend's place to answer nature's call. She faults the management for closing the public toilets on grounds that they had accumulated high water bills.
According to Tumwebaza, the management has been charging people between Shillings 300-500 for using the facility, which she says should have been enough to clear the water bills. Sulait Amanya, the Chairperson Ntungamo Taxi Drivers and Owners Corporative Society, says the toilet was built in a wetland, which makes fill up easily.
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Shem Semugabe, the deputy town clerk Ntungamo Municipality, dismisses the claims made by the management as mere excuses.
He says the management of the park failed to close the toilets after failing to pay their water bills.
Semugabe says that even if the septic tank was the issue, the town has got a cesspool emptier which should be hired to empty the waste to the lagoon.


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