Slums on the Rise in Jinja

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John Mweru, the LC I chairperson Masese III blames the rise in slums to uncontrolled births and internal migrations. He explains that some of the people migrated from other areas to Jinja in search of work.

Once known as Uganda’s industrial hub, Jinja municipality is now home to several slums. Currently, there are 7 slums scattered in the three divisions of Jinja municipality from 2 in 2005.  Statistics at Jinja municipal council show that the slums are home to approximately 10,000 people in the municipality.

Tabisa Kakuze, the physical planner Jinja municipal council says the slums are found in Makenke and Kawama villages in Mpumudde/ Kimaka division, Masese I, Masese II, Soweto and Danida in Walukuba/ Masese division. She explains that the slums are majorly comprised of mud and wattle grass thatched houses, with a few others roofed with rusty iron sheets.  

Kakuze says some of the residents are squatters both government and private land. She says the slum dwellers are majorly involved in casual work as domestic helpers, cooks, fruit vendors and cleaners amongst others. John Mweru, the LC I chairperson Masese III blames the rise in slums to uncontrolled births and internal migrations. He explains that some of the people migrated from other areas to Jinja in search of work.

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Mweru says about 60% of the slum dwellers live in crowded rooms. He says on average a single room takes up to 10 occupants. He says these qualify to be categorized as urban poor. Richard Gulume Balyainho, Jinja district Resident district commissioner says the slum dwellers work and earn money but can’t put up descent houses because of lack of land.

 William Ebusa, the LC III chairperson Mpummudde/ Kimaka division says they efforts to construct permanent house for the slum dwellers suffered a setback due to lack of funds.
 
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Steven Wante, the chairperson Bugembe town council says they have acquired a structural plan from the ministry of Lands, Housing and Urban Development, which will address the problem of slums but they are yet to implement it

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