In the last financial year, Bombo town council allocated 50 million shillings to procure land for dumping garbage. However, up to date, there is no dumping site, putting lives of residents at risk of contracting cholera and other diseases associated with poor disposal of garbage. Heaps of uncollected garbage is a common sight in the town.
Bombo town council in Luweero district has failed to acquire a garbage dumping site, putting the lives of residents at risk.
Section 5 of the Public Health Act Cap 281 requires every local authority to put in place practical measures to safeguard and promote public health. In addition; one of the major functions of an urban council is to collect and manage garbage.
In the last financial year, Bombo town council allocated 50 million shillings to procure land for dumping garbage.
However, up to date, there is no dumping site, putting lives of residents at risk of contracting cholera and other diseases associated with poor disposal of garbage. Heaps of uncollected garbage is a common sight in the town.
Musa Muzamir the Secretary for Finance, Planning and Administration in Bombo town council says that they identified four acres of land along Bombo –Ndejje road and the landlord asked for 15 million shillings per acre.
Muzamir, however, says that the procurement process hit a snag after the government valuer recommended that the land be acquired at seven million shillings per acre.
Muzamir says that other people are not willing to deal their land for a garbage dumping site whereas those who are willing don't possess land titles hence delaying the process.
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Umar Ssengendo the Parish Councillor for Bombo Central says that the councillors had proposed a deal to swap the town council land located within town centre and get land from a distant place for dumping garbage but landlords rejected the offer.
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Residents have threatened to collect the garbage and dump it at town council headquarters accusing the authorities of not doing enough to procure a safe dumping site.
Some of the butchers say customers have shunned buying meat because of the bad stench from the uncollected garbage.
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Muluuta Mugagga the Town Clerk of Bombo Town Council says that they have secured a temporary dumping site for the next two months as they look for another piece of land to procure.
Muluuta says that in past, garbage was being dumped at individual farmlands who later sorted it and used it for fertilizers but this was not sustainable.
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Phoebe Namulindwa the Luweero Resident District Commissioner says that the bureaucratic procurement process of land is intended to ensure that laws are followed and avoid conflicts in future.
In his 2017/18 Audit report for Bombo town council, the Auditor General John Muwanga advised the Accounting Officer to expedite the process of procuring the land to avoid unnecessary litigation from residents leading to nugatory expenditure.
According to the 2014 Housing and Population Census, there are over 25832 persons living in Bombo town council.
According to local authorities, about 30 tonnes of garbage are generated per month from the town.