Solid Waste: Nakasero, Kasubi Vendors Tell Different Stories

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In short
Its a tale of two extremes as market vendors talk about waste management by the Kampala Capital City Authority KCCA. While at Nakasero Market in the centre of Kampala, vendors applaud KCCA for maintaining their working environment clean, it is a different story in Kasubi Market, just five kilometres on the Kampala-Hoima road.

It's a tale of two extremes as market vendors talk about waste management by the Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA).
 
While at Nakasero Market in the centre of Kampala, vendors applaud KCCA for maintaining their working environment clean, it is a different story in Kasubi Market, just five kilometres on the Kampala-Hoima road.
 
Fred Ocheng, a vendor and trader in Nakasero market says KCCA cleans the market every morning and collects the garbage immediately. He says KCCA workers responsible for garbage collection dress appropriately and they respect the vendors.
 
He says the only loophole is in the kitchen department of the market where garbage collectors delay to do their work.
 
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Godfrey Kakooza, the Chairman of the Nakasero Market Sitting Vendors and Traders Limited, says KCCA workers clean the market 2 to 3 times a day depending on the amount of garbage available at the collection point. He adds that Monday, Wednesday and Friday are the busiest days and so the trucks collect garbage as many times as possible.
 
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At Kasubi Market, however, vendors that deal in food items such as tomatoes, carrots and onions among others complain about the delayed response by KCCA trucks to collect garbage.
 
The sight of Kimera and Hoima roads create an impression of a clean Kasubi market. The roads are swept clean every morning by KCCA staff cleaners. But the deeper one moves into the market, a different picture emerges.
 
 Garbage is littered all over the place while some is stuffed in large sacks. Some vendors sit on sacks of rubbish due to lack of space.
 
Anthony Zziwa, who sells cabbages, says KCCA cleaners sweep the roads but they push the rubbish inside the market and that the trucks that take the rubbish take one to two weeks to come.
 
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An elderly woman who declined to give her identities says she has been a vendor in the market for more than three years. She notes that the KCCA truck comes only once a week and at times once in two weeks. 
She says that because she deals in perishable goods, they easily rot and so emit a bad smell which when KCCA delays to pick them.
 
But Abasi Kasumba, the Vice Chairman of the Kasubi Market Vendors Association, praises KCCA for doing what he called a good job. He says those complaining do not have the right information about the schedule of the trucks.
 
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When questioned about the sacks of garbage piled up, he concedes that sometimes KCCA officials delay to collect the garbage. He says the city authority should at least add one more truck to collect garbage.
 
KCCA has not commented on this story. When contacted, Peter Kaujju, the city authority's publicist said he was in a meeting and promised to respond after five minutes. He later never answered repeated phone calls.
The Authority contracted private companies to manage solid waste collection in Kampala, a move aimed at improving the cleanliness of the city. KCCA estimates that up to 1500 tonnes of waste is generated in the city daily and only about 50% is collected.