Namayingo District Fails to Implement Sanitation Ordinance

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Charles Mutosi, the LC 3 chairperson Mutumba sub county, says they have tried their best to enforce the ordinance despite facing several challenges such as lack of facilitation for the enforcement teams.

Sanitation remains a big challenge in Namayingo District, despite the enactment of a sanitation ordinance in 2012. The ordinance requires each household in the district to sink a latrine, erect a rack for drying utensils and dig a waste pit.

 
Those that are found guilty of violating the ordinance are liable to pay a fine not exceeding one currency point or face arrest. However, three years after the enactment of ordinance, the latrine coverage in Namayingo District is below 30 percent.
 

Veronica Mukyala, the acting Namayingo District Health Officer blames the poor sanitation there on the failure to enforce the ordinance.  According to the Mukyala, those responsible to enforce the ordinance cite lack of funds to enable them move and inspect the households.


She says village level health committees are redundant, which has fueled the spread of health related disease. At least five people died in the district of cholera in 2014. Seven other people have died this year and 80 others are currently bed ridden.
 
 
Michael Bwamiki, the Namayingo District Health Educator, says Mutumba, Namayingo, Buhemba and Sigulu sub counties have the worst latrine and safe water coverage standing at 11%. Charles Mutosi, the LC 3 chairperson Mutumba sub county, says they have tried their best to enforce the ordinance despite facing several challenges such as lack of facilitation for the enforcement teams.