Garbage collectors in Hoima Municipality are protesting the non-payment
of their salaries and poor working conditions.
The over 50 garbage collectors argue that they have spent three months
without any pay yet they have families to take care of.
According to records, there is salary disparity among the garbage
collectors with female collectors earning 110, 000 shillings per month while
the male garbage collectors earn 140,000 shillings.
They further accuse the authorities for forcing them to work
without protective gears such as gloves, gumboots and overalls.
Beatrice Kiiza, one of the garbage collectors says that she has
spent three months without pay.
She says that collecting garbage without any protective gear puts
their lives in danger of contracting diseases and being cut by sharp objects.
//cue in”Tukukererwa muno kufuna…
Cue out…Sente tibatwongeza.”//.
Sarapiyo Mugisa, another garbage collector says at times they are forced
to handle faecal matter with their bare hands as they collect garbage due to lack
of gloves on top of their delayed salary. He says despite several pleas to have
their working conditions improved, the Municipality officials have kept a deaf
//cue in:”Nyowe ekizibu ekenfuna…
Cue out:…tura tunga musara”//.
Patrick Musinguzi, who is demanding 600,000 shillings, says that when
he approached the municipal authorities demanding for his payment for the last
four months, he was dragged to police and arrested for inciting violence.
//cue in:”Nkamara Myezi ena…
Cue out:…bacwamu kukoraki kumbingayo.”//.
David Kyasanku, the Municipal town clerk, however, says that despite
being cash strapped, the municipality recently released money for payment of
the causal labourers. He however says declined to reveal how much.
//cue in:” No no-no…
Cue out:… the taxi park.”//.
Kahoora Division, which comprises the central business area, is
the biggest generator of solid waste in Hoima district. Some of the key waste
generators include the abattoir, the central market, restaurants, hotels,
schools, factories and other processing units in Kiryatete industrial