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Gulu City Division Mayors Prioritize Garbage Management

Patrick Oola Lumumba Mayor of West Division says they have hired two trucks to undertake massive rubbish collection especially around Kabedopong Market, Kaunda Ground, Gulu Modern Market and Lacor Complex Market.
13 Jun 2021 09:42
Pile of uncollected garbage in Gulu Main Market - Photo by Dominic Ochola

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Gulu City division Mayors will focus on proper waste management in the next five years.

Huge heaps of filthy and deserted rubbish have been common in the area for nearly two years and had continually become a burden to the environment, health and sanitation in Gulu City attracting sharp criticism from the community.

For instance, heaps of garbage has been carelessly dumped around Cerelendo Market, Cuk Wilobo, Kasubi Market, Awere Playground dumping ground, Layibi Market and Gulu Central Market had already formed a hill with an awful stench.

Denis Ojwee, a resident of Laroo-Pece Division says there has been prolonged gross negligence of garbage management in Gulu, arguing that the new leadership must maintain consistency in managing waste in the City to promote good hygiene and sanitation.

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Geoffrey Otim, the Mayor Gulu City East Division says his new administration decided to tackle waste management in most areas where garbage had piled for more than two years uncollected, to give hope and promote health.

Patrick Oola Lumumba Mayor of West Division says they have hired two trucks to undertake massive rubbish collection especially around Kabedopong Market, Kaunda Ground, Gulu Modern Market and Lacor Complex Market.

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Alfred Okwonga, the Gulu City Mayor says that his administration is exploring all avenues to invest more in garbage management facilities. He added that he will consider Public-Private Partnership in garbage management as the population increases.

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Over the years, the Gulu Municipality Council struggled to enforce proper garbage management because the only truck was serving all the four divisions of Layibi, Bardege, Laroo and Pece before they were merged to form East and West Divisions following the attainment of City status.

The new Division authorities decided to hire garbage trucks because the old truck that was serving Gulu Municipality has outlived its usefulness and constantly breaks down requiring a huge maintenance budget due to mechanical conditions.

In 2008, World Bank funded the construction of a 2.5 Billion Shillings garbage recycling plant in the East Division but the project delayed statutory requisites that National Environmental Management Authority-NEMA wants to harmonize.