There is infighting
among different political leaders in Entebbe municipal council arising from the
poor implementation of the waste management policy. In 2018, Entebbe municipality
adopted a policy, which stopped the use of garbage skips.
The policy requires
residents to collect waste in bags in their homes where it would be picked up a
specified day the municipal trucks. According to the policy, each resident is
expected to pay Shillings 120,000 annually as garbage collection fees.
However, the collection of the garbage is irregular, which forces residents to
dump it in the open. Currently, residents dispose
of waste in the nearby Namiiro swamp in Lugonjo, a suburb in the Municipality
leaving the area smelly.
The swamp acts as a wetland that sieves water that gets to
Lake Victoria and stretches from Nakiwogo, through Lugonjo to Kigungu, annex
Entebbe International airport. Rose Nanvuma, a resident
of Lugonjo in Entebbe says dumping waste in the swamp has interfered with water
flow leading to flooding.
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Moses Kamulegeya, another resident says his house and swamp
have been turned into a dust bin where people drop the wastes because the
municipality removed all gazzeted waste dumping sites.
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The leaders at Entebbe Division B and municipality
are now clashing on who is mandated to collecting the waste management fees and
clear the waste. The municipality is said to be taking all taxes without
remitting any to the Division, which is expected to collect the waste.
In 2018, Entebbe
municipality received two garbage disposal trucks from Lake Victoria Environment
Management Program. However, the vehicles are rarely used by the authorities to
handle the challenge at hand.
This leaves the tourism hub grappling with poor waste
management. Some of the residents claim that the poor waste management has led
to the blockage of all water channels.
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International Public health guidelines stipulate that waste
management is every person's responsibility in a given area. Rose
Natukunda, a Public health worker in Entebbe Municipality, says residents need
to understand the importance of a wetland, having clean and safe water and
cleaning their areas of residence.
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Tadeo Kibirige, the Health Safety and Sciences Officer at
Entebbe Division B, says well as skips and waste dumping areas were removed
from some places in the division, people need to be educated that waste
management is a joint effort between the leaders and residents.