Appalling Sanitation Irks Rwahi Town Residents

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Known to many as the home of onions, Rwahi is trading point for thousands of traders from Kampala, Tanzania, Rwanda and south Sudan. It is also a popular stop over for travelers plying the Mbarara- Kabale highway.

Residents of Rwahi trading Center in Kayonza Sub County, Ntungamo district are living in fear of disease outbreak due to the appalling sanitation.

They accuse authorities of failing to open up drainage channels and clearing decomposing piles of garbage in the trading center.

Known to many as the home of onions, Rwahi is trading point for thousands of traders from Kampala, Tanzania, Rwanda and south Sudan. It is also a popular stop over for travelers plying the Mbarara- Kabale highway. But the area is characterized by heaps of garbage, clogged drainage channels and a stench from rotting onion leaves.

The most affected areas include roadsides and corridors along Rwahi-Rwashamaire road, Nyamiyaga-Nyakasa road, Mbarara-Kabale Highway, Rukukuru road among others.

Crispus Mugisha, a fresh onions vendor at the trading centre says that garbage is littered irresponsibly in the area, a problem compounded by the absence of toilet facilities.

Elly Niwandinda, the Kayonza sub county health assistant told our reporter that the situation is worrying yet the sub county has no funds to collect garbage accumulating from various activities.
 
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Nicholas Asiimwe Mwamba, the Kayonza Sub County chairperson told our reporter that the biggest challenge for the trading centre is congestion. The trading center attracts close to 10000 people during the day on a daily basis.

He however adds says that they have now embarked on a drive to open new roads from the center.
 
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Asiimwe further reveals that the Sub County has, in partnership with Ntungamo district local government, identified money for the construction of a public toilet facility worth 30 million Shillings before the end of this financial year.
 
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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.