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23 Remanded for Open Defecation in Kaabong

Gabriel Adupa, the GISO Lolelia Sub County and 22 others appeared before Grade I magistrate of Kaabong, Moses Otim on Wednesday on charges of public nuisance contrary to the Public Health Act.
23 people including the Gombolola Internal Security Officer have been remanded to Kaabong Government Prison for practising open defecation.

Gabriel Adupa, the GISO Lolelia Sub County and 22 others appeared before Grade I magistrate of Kaabong, Moses Otim on Wednesday on charges of public nuisance contrary to the Public Health Act.  Otim remanded then until Friday.

They were also charged with failure to comply with notices to construct latrines within six months. The notices were issued in June 2018 by the authorities of Kaabong Town Council.

Latrine coverage in Karamoja is low as most households answer their natural calls from the bush.

Due to low coverage, the Council of Kaabong passed an ordinance requiring each household to construct a latrine.

In Kaabong Town Council, latrine coverage stands at 41 percent. In Kaabong district, latrine coverage is 19 percent according to the Public Health inspector Paulino Meri.

The Uganda Bureau of Statistics UBOS report of 2014 indicates that there 11,500 people in Kaabong Town Council and about 6800 have no latrine access.

In Kotido, latrine coverage stands at 41 percent in the Municipality and 23 percent in the district.