Apac Municipal authorities have razed down more
than 150 illegal pit latrines in an operation dubbed “Keep Apac Municipality
The affected pit latrines were found to have been built on public land
including corridors, back-lines and road reserves.
The operation covered buildings
along Apac Hospital, Apac- Lira Street, Akokoro and Chegere road.
team of enforcement officers has also been deployed to carry out the operation
in Agulu, Atik and Akere divisions.
The demolition exercise followed a series
of community sensitisation meetings, in which the affected people were advised
to demolish them in vain.
Moses Ngura, the Principal Health Educator Apac
Municipality, says the week long operation is aimed at ensuring that Apac is
clean, healthy and accessible.
He is worried that the Municipality might lose Shillings 21
billion under the Urban Support for Municipal Infrastructural Development-USMID
Fund meant for road rehabilitation and construction because of the illegal
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Ngura says the situation is fast improving since many people
are looking forward to construct proper drainage and reusable latrines as
demanded by the authorities.
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Tonny Ogwang, the Apac Deputy Town Clerk, says
his office has advised the affected residents to use the available public
toilets as they plan to construct modern toilets.
He believes Apac Municipality will be different
and meet the required hygiene and sanitary standards within two months’ time.
Amute, a tenant at Biashara in Akere Division, says the operation has affected him
economically, adding that the alternative is not helping since they are a
handful of public toilets and only few people can afford.
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Sarah Akello, a resident of Owang in Atik
Division who is involved in the hotel business, says her life and that of her
business are at stake.
She is considering returning to the village instead of living
the “uncomfortable life” of easing herself indoors.
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Section 281 of the Public Health Acts requires all
buildings in urban centers to have sanitary facilities and drainage. Those
found to be deficient are termed illegal structures liable for demolition.