The fees that were introduced under the Garbage Management Ordinance will see residents pay 3,000 Shillings a month to Globe Cleaning Services, which is currently handling waste collection in the municipality.
According to the circular dated March 31, the Water Ministry’s Permanent Secretary Alfred Okot Okidi advised all Chief Administrative Officers, to let all planned activities within the water department and focus on ensuring that the population in their respective areas access clean water.
Dr. Fred Lwasampijja, the Mityana District Health Officer, says the intake of some metals like iron might not be dangerous in the short run, but it has long term effects on some body organs like the liver, kidney and stomach among others.
The residents had received a notice of eviction from Julius Kagombe, Mesach Ssebunya, and Francis Mulo, who derived their interest from the beneficiaries of the estate of late Albert Ddumba. The trio accuses the residents of illegally settling on the land in question.
Speaking during the meeting, Joseph Luzige, the Mityana District LC V Chairperson, noted with concern the invisible hand of power brokers in the brutal evictions. According to Luzige, the brutal evictions are instigated by people who use their connections to bully people off their land.
Joseph Luzige, the Mityana District Chairperson, says that on the day of launching the project, an order was issued from the Police Lands Protection Unit at Kibuli directing the area police commanders to halt any activity on the land.
Nobert Ochom, the Wamala Region Police Spokesperson, notes that following a number of leads, police detectives arrested a man who had been admitted to the hospital a week before the theft. Ochom said that the suspect had disguised himself as a patient while studying the situation at the hospital.
Mityana Chief Administrative Officer James Nkata told Uganda Radio Network that the salaries were withheld as an internal tool to check on persons who wanted to be paid for no work done. Nkata says that he invoked powers vested in his office by the Public Service Standing Orders, permitting him to withhold salaries of staff that abscond from duty.
Area leaders were particularly disturbed by the theft of the CD4 machine which is used for testing HIV blood samples and determining stages of HIV infection before persons living with HIV are enrolled for Anti-Retroviral therapy.
Captain Yahaya Kakooza, the Mityana Resident District Commissioner, says some criminals have now resorted to recruiting minors because they have realised that police, the public and laws are lineate to minors.
Over 500 motorcycle (boda boda) cyclists have besieged the Mityana district headquarters at Kannamba in Mityana town council, protesting against the planned registration exercise of all motorcycles in the district.