Luwero Garbage Treatment Plant Closed

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There is accumulation of garbage in Luwero town council following the closure of the treatment center.

There is accumulation of garbage in Luwero town council following the closure of the treatment center.

In 2009, a Germany national, Yarnie Mook built a primary garbage treatment center near Kasana Market in Luweero town council for an undisclosed amount of money. The plant was a donation to Luwero town council to collect garbage, carry out sorting and later turn it into manure for farmers in the area.

But the project died out in March 2011, when the donor, who was running it went back to his country. Four people, with whom Mook was doing the work, also abandoned it citing poor pay by the town council.

Residents now say the closure of the treatment plant has led to accumulation of garbage heaps in the market and the town council.

Badru Lukwago, a vendor in Kasana market explains that the plant eased garbage collection and management but it has now been turned into a dumping site.

Another resident, Simon Mubiru says that the town council has only one poorly maintained truck, which is not enough to collect all the garbage. Mubiru says that residents are at risk of contracting diseases especially now that it has started raining.

The vendors in Luweero central and Kasana markets have threatened to collect the garbage and dump at the town council offices to force the town clerk and chairperson LC3 to address the problem of garbage.

When a URN reporter reached the Luweero town clerk, Muluuta Mugagga for comment on the matter, he said that the town council is facing financial hardships and cannot afford to maintain the treatment plant.

 

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Brian Luwaga
Since Brian Luwaga joined Uganda Radio Network in 2011, he is still amazed how, "URN is a place that gives journalists a chance to enhance their skills . It gives a journalist an opportunity to adopt and master various aspects of journalism that include radio broadcast, social media, photography and television production."

A practicing journalist since 2009, first with Star FM, Luwaga has always been keen to write about the concerns of the "common person." Based for much of his career in Luweero, Luwaga takes it as a compliment if politicians complain that his reporting is too harsh.

In his journalism, Luwaga likes to merge the past with the present. He believes you cannot understand what is happening now, if you do not have a grounding in the past. Brian Luwaga is the Luweero URN bureau chief. Nakasongola, Nakaseke, Mityana, Mubende and Wakiso districts fall under his docket.

Luwaga is interested in humanitarian work and is a keen Rotarian.