Chairpersons of the three divisions of Fort Portal Municipality
are up in arms against the new fees they are required to pay for garbage
Initially, garbage would be collected by the council which would avail trucks
for the task and respective divisions- East, West, and South – would buy the
However, this proved inefficient as either the trucks would break down and take
months without being repaired or divisions would fail to provide the fuel.
This attracted sharp criticism from the public that the once-cleanest town was
choking on garbage. Consequently, Fort Portal Municipal Council in May
resolved to tender out garbage collection.
The contract was given to Tropical Group of Companies at 69,000 shillings per
truck of garbage collected. However, the arrangement required each division to
contribute 50,000 shillings and the centre contributes the balance.
But about four months later, division chairpersons are saying this money is too
much and the resolution was passed without their consent.
Richard Muhumuza, the West Division chairperson, says they have less revenue
collections as their major source of income, property tax, is now being
collected by agents of the municipal council.
He discloses that annually, they would collect up to 380 million shillings from
property tax to help in waste management, road maintenance and other things,
but all that is no longer possible now.
Herbert Mugisa, the South Division chairperson, agrees with Muhumuza, adding
that it is so unfair to turn to divisions that don’t have revenue sources to
pay the biggest part of the money.
He adds that his division is only able to contribute 35,000 shillings.
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But Joseph Ndamira Musirikale, the West Division councillor representing
Nyabukara Ward, says he also advised council not to pass the resolution because
the money was too much but in vain.
However, he accuses division chairperson of perpetually dodging council
sittings, saying they would have also added their voice on that day.
Fort Portal Mayor Rev. Willy Kintu Muhanga asks the division chairpersons
to stop blame game.
He calls upon the division chairpersons to respect council