The road gangs are charged with ensuring sanitation and hygiene within the city streets through sweeping, collecting garbage and waste, slashing, grooming among others. Each of them is paid 170,000 Shillings per month.
123 road gangs in Gulu City are protesting over the failure to
clear their allowances for the last three months.
The road gangs who are mainly elderly women and single mothers say that they
were last paid their wages in August but to date, no payment has been made and
without any communication from the city authorities despite continuing to work.
The road gangs are charged with ensuring sanitation and hygiene within the city
streets through sweeping, collecting garbage and waste, slashing, grooming among
others. Each of them is paid 170,000 Shillings per month.
The road gangs told URN on conditions of anonymity for fear of reprimand from
the City authorities that they are living desperately with some of them even
spending nights on empty stomachs while others have defaulted on their house
One of the elderly women says that she is on the verge of being evicted from
her rented house for defaulting to pay 40,000 Shillings for her rent in the
last two months.
Another source who operates along Ring Road noted that she is surviving on
donations from well-wishers to provide for her nine children because she
completely has no money to buy food and other necessities.
Another woman who sweeps in the Cereleno revealed that she has resorted to
picking the leftovers on the street side.
The source added that on top of non-payment, they are also exposed
to diseases due to unhealthy work conditions. She says that the city
authorities have also not provided them with protective gear such as hand
gloves, gumboots, face masks, and aprons among others.
Vox Pop of Women. Luo
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mangling with the varsities of the hazardous wastes and if the protective
equipment is not given as it is now, what can we do? People are contracting the
disease and the city instead of supporting us we are left just like that to
find our solution”
Gulu City Town Clerk, Moses Otimong says that the road gangs have
not been paid for the last two months but blamed this on the delayed release of
Michael Rubanga, the Gulu City Principal Health Inspector on the other hand
said that the City has already procured personal protective equipment for the
road gangs are is set to distribute them soon.
Emmy Daniel Ojara is a young journalist and has been practicing since 2013, during which he covered land rights violation in the contested Apaa and Lakang in Amuru as his first take ups while at Gulu Fm, Favor Fm and later Paidha Fm and Speak Fm where he is still attached.
Human rights abuses and denied access to land by security and government agencies has been the major aftermath of the contest over the lands. The underprivileged such as women, children and the elderly faced challenges in accessing soc