Jinja Stuck with Condemned Buildings

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In short
Their walls are dump, cracked and are covered by a rusty color.

The image of Jinja municipality, the former industrial hub of Uganda is dented by condemned buildings. In 2006, Jinja municipal council condemned 123 buildings, but most of them have not been demolished. Some of the affected buildings date way back to 1920. Most of the condemned buildings are located along Lubas, Oboja, Spire, Gabula, Kirinya, Nadiope and Circular roads.

Despite the fact that the buildings have been condemned buildings, people continue occupying them. Their walls are dump, cracked and are covered by a rusty color. Parasitic plants such as algae and fern decorate the roof top of most the condemned buildings. 23 of the condemned buildings have been gutted by fire due to poor electricity wiring, resulting from many years of use without any repair works.

Mohammed Baswari Kezaala, the mayor Jinja Municipality says that they ordered the owners of the condemned buildings to demolish them and redevelop their plots or sell them off if they lack funds for redevelopment. He says that the municipality is faced with a huge challenge of enforcing its resolution to demolish the affected buildings, because they were allocated to people who are unable to develop them.
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66-year-old Robinah Kazoora, a local politicians and businesswoman lives in Lubas road. She claims that most of the buildings were built before Ugandan attained her independence. She says some of the buildings have started collapsing because of lack of rehabilitation.

Catherine Amedo resides in a building along Oboja road that was constructed in 1944. She says that house has poor drainage, saying whenever it rains the toilets floods. Amedo says the human waste flows back into house, filling entire area with a heavy stench. She says advises Jinja municipality to consider construction a new drainage system as it struggles to attain a city status.
Shafik Al Hassan, who owns several condemned buildings along Lubas road, says pulling down the buildings in costly. He calls on the municipality to come up with a new plan clearly separating residential areas from the business area and issue guidelines to developers.