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Gulu Municipal Authorities Clash Over Garbage Management

Moses Abonga, the Laroo Division LC 3 Chairperson accuses the Mayor and Town Clerk for laxity, conflict of interest and interference with the work of the divisions in managing garbage.
Pile of uncollected garbage in Gulu Main Market - Photo by Dominic Ochola

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Gulu Municipal authorities are bickering over the management of garbage in town. The municipality has one garbage truck, tractor and wheel loader, which are shared by Laroo, Pece, Bardege and Layibi Divisions.

However, some of the trucks are grounded due to mechanical breakdown. 

This has affected garbage collection and disposal leading to piles of uncollected waste around Gulu Main Market in Laroo; Cerelendo and Wilobo Markets in Pece and Kasubi Market in Bardege among others.

Moses Abonga, the Laroo Division LC 3 Chairperson accuses the Mayor and Town Clerk for laxity, conflict of interest and interference with the work of the divisions in managing garbage. 

Abonga disclosed that the conflict has forced the Division to fold its hands when it comes to waste management, saying the municipality doesn’t respond timely to the repair garbage trucks whenever they breakdown.

 

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Francis Megolonyo, the Master of Gulu Main Market disclosed that they collect garbage from the market on a daily basis but inevitably piles up once the trucks break down.  

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The Gulu Mayor, George Labeja denied knowledge of any existing conflict and laxity by his office when it comes to garbage management. He however, dismissed the accusations as mere blackmail for political gain ahead of the 2021 general polls.

Labeja noted that once the garbage truck breaks down, it is the responsibility of the Division Assistant Town Clerk to follow it up with the office the Municipal mechanical Engineer to repair it and have it fueled to resume work. 

Edward Kiwanuka, the Gulu Municipal Town Clerk admitted to URN that garbage management has become a challenge generally because of the regular breakdown of the only refuse truck.  Kiwanuka explains that the municipality often hires private refuse trucks as an emergency action plan to collect garbage in town. 

He says the trucks have become too old and costly to repair and maintain. He said they are devising plans to purchase new garbage trucks for each of the Divisions to bring an end to the garbage management crisis.