Bugembe Town Council Faulted over Garbage Collection

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Heaps of garbage are visible along the roads of Cathedral, Gulume, Katende, Nakanyonyi, old Stadium and Budhumbuli loop which are now covered in an unpleasant stench. Some of the garbage runs down the roads during rainy days, while dried garbage is blown by heavy wind into neighboring compounds.

Bugembe Town Council is criticized for failing to resolve the garbage problem despite spending close to 10 million Shillings on garbage collection every month.

Paul Musisi, the chairman of Katende West village blames the management of Bugembe Town Council for not utilizing the resource of over 30 personnel and equipment which includes a tipper lorry and a tractor to deal with the garbage problem.

Heaps of garbage are visible along the roads of Cathedral, Gulume, Katende, Nakanyonyi, old Stadium and Budhumbuli loop which are now covered in an unpleasant stench. Some of the garbage runs down the roads during rainy days, while dried garbage is blown by heavy wind into neighboring compounds.

In 2004, the town council was spending four million Shillings to collect garbage every month. At least one ton of garbage was generated by a population of 30,000 people every day. However today, the community generates 2.5 tons of garbage following a population boom. The garbage collection bill has also increased to 9.5 million Shillings a month.

But Musisi says that despite the increase in its garbage collection bill, the town council is doing a poor job.
 
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Similarly residents accuse Bugembe town council administration of failing to utilize the three acre piece of land it acquired in Kainogoga to serve as a dumping site since 2009.

Sowedi Kinantaama, a resident of Buwekula village says landfill would solve the garbage problem within the town council as well as the related operation costs considering that it's nearer compared to the current disposal site in Walukuba/ Masese division.

But Pamela Drate, Bugembe town council Physical Planner says that the land requires to be gazetted for the same purpose by the National Environment Management Authority - NEMA. She says a landfill cannot operate without a social and environment impact assessment clearance.
 
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