Mbarara Traders, Municipal Bicker over Garbage Management

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In short
Mbarara Municipality generates 150 tonnes of waste every day and only manages to collect 120 tonnes to the dumping site at Kenkombe in Kakiika division. The waste remains a common sight in the town with some of it littered in front of shops and trenches.

A planned move by Mbarara Municipal Council to revoke licenses of all businesses operating without dustbins in the Central Business District has enraged landlords and members of the business community.

Mbarara Municipality generates 150 tonnes of waste every day and only manages to collect 120 tonnes to the dumping site at Kenkombe in Kakiika division. The waste remains a common sight in the town with some of it littered in front of shops and trenches.

Authorities say that the sight of garbage all over the place is intolerable adding that shops that cannot adopt appropriate garbage management techniques are likely to lose their licenses.

But the business community is up in arms protesting the decision.  Jackson Hatega, a trader along Mbaguta Street faults the authorities for failing to collect the garbage in time, even when dustbins are filled to capacity.  He says that the waste starts decomposing and at times pushes away the customers.

Christopher Mugisha, another trader is also opposed to the move. He says that dustbins bring in flies and concentration of waste in the open because they are not emptied by the municipal waste collectors as soon as they are filled up.

He says that implementation of the guidelines on procuring dustbins should be followed by similar efforts on waste collection.
 
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Herbert Ninsiima, the Kakooba Division Health Assistant told our reporter that the business community should be in position to understand that having dustbins is for their own good. Ninsiima says that the rejection of the need for dustbins is a sign of negligence.

He says that the authorities are not only after people who have refused to own dustbins but also those who have empty sewage and oils into drainage channels and water bodies.

Mbarara Municipal Town Clerk Edward Lwanga says that hygiene is not only the responsibility of the municipal authorities but the municipal residents also have a role to play. Lwanga encourages locals to appreciate the dangers and the cost of operating in an unhygienic environment.

 

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Anthony Kushaba
For Anthony Kushaba, journalism is not just a job; it is a calling. Kushaba believes journalism is one of the few platforms where the views of the oppressed and margainalised can be heard. This is what his journalism aims to do: bring to light untold stories.

Kushaba is the Mbarara region URN bureau chief. Mitooma, Ntungamo, Bushenyi, Sheema, Isingiro, and Kiruhura districts fall under his docket. Kushaba has been a URN staff member since 2012.

Kushaba is a journalism graduate from Uganda Christian University Study Centre at Bishop Barham College in Kabale. Before joining URN, Kushaba worked with Voice of Kigezi (2008), Bushenyi FM (2010) and later on to Voice of Muhabura.

Kushaba's journalism interests centre on conflict, peace and electoral reporting. Kushaba occasionally writes on tourism, health, religion and education. He describes himself as highly driven and will pursue a tip until it yields a story.