Kampala Capital City
Authority-KCCA has resolved to halt the implementation of a new contract issued to
concessionaires involved in garbage collection in the city
The political leadership of KCCA wants the authority to first audit the three
companies to assess their efficiency and capacity before they can be allowed to
collect waste in different parts of the city. KCCA renewed contracts of Nabugabo Updeal, Kampala Solid Waste Limited
and Homklin on June 30th, 2021 them ten years amidst accusations of giving
them monopoly in the business.
Lubaga North 1 councillor, Jeremiah Keeya Mwanje said KCCA needs to audit the
three companies to see if they have been compliant with the rules and
regulations issued by the authority. He also wondered why the concessionaires
were not paying any money to KCCA for using its landfill in Kiteezi especially
now that the site is full and KCCA is struggling to find finances to develop
the new site in Ddundu Mukono.
Mwanje submitted that the Directorate of
Public Health and Environment and Legal Affairs Directed should present the
said contracts before the Public Health Commission of the Council for scrutiny
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Makerere University Councilor Micdad Muganga noted the frustration expressed by
his colleagues in council was a clear indication that there was something wrong
with the issuance of the contract to the concessionaires. He noted that queries
raised in the council including failure by the companies to purchase land for a
land landfill and having a few trucks shows that they are incompetent.
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Council resolved to halt the implementation of the contract before forwarding
the matter to the Committee on Public Health others for review. The decision
followed a presentation by the Deputy Lord Mayor, Doreen Nyanjura from a report
submitted to the central executive committee by the Directorate of Public
Health and Environment of KCCA.
The directorate informed the City Executive Committee that the
companies had low capacity like small trucks, which couldn’t effectively
collect the large amounts of garbage and that they had awarded a 10 year
contract such that they can secure a bank loan to boost capacity.
The report also stated that the concessionaires had failed to secure a
dumping site and hence continued to use the KCCA landfill in Kiteezi yet it is
full. The Director of Public Health and Environment Dr. Daniel Okello told
the council of how the authority is still grappling with garbage collection.
KCCA has only 12 functional garbage collection trucks. Dr. Okello told
the council that while they passed a budget to buy ten more trucks, the procurement
process is yet to start. While
responding to the issue of awarding the 10-year contract to the concessionaires,
Dr. Okello said they called for bids in May and that's how they came to issue
the contracts to the three companies. Kampala produces over 2000 tons of
garbage per day.
However, only about 56 percent is collected with the concessionaires
collecting 32 percent and KCCA 24 percent.