Hoima City authorities have issued guidelines to property owners
ordering them to renovate dilapidated buildings.
According to the guidelines, all property owners are expected to
renovate all the dilapidated structures while those lacking the required
building plans must acquire them within six months.
Though Hoima was elevated to city status, most of the buildings especially
those in the central business area in a poor state and are on the verge of
collapsing. Most of the structures have rusted iron sheets and cracked walls.
Sylvia Nalumaga, the Deputy Mayor of Hoima City says that they have
written notices to most landlords and property owners. She says that they want
to have a clean and organized city.
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According to Nalumaga, the property owners
should adhere to the guidelines or risk being dragged to court.
Peter Mayanja, a landlord in Kiryatete cell Hoima East division Hoima
City welcomes the directives by the city authorities. He says that the
developments will give a new look to their businesses.
John Kaliisa, another landlord says they are ready to cooperate and ensure that
the new guidelines are adhered to.
The landlords have however tasked the city authorities to first
prioritize garbage collection if they want to beautify the city.
Recently, Hoima City authorities earmarked 700 Million Shillings to revamp the
defunct garbage recycling plant in Kibati cell in Hoima East City Division.
Built in 2012, with funding from the World Bank and National
Environment Management Authority-NEMA, the 2.5 billion Shillings garbage
recycling plant has been lying idle.
Apart from aiding effective garbage management, the plant was also
supposed to support agriculture by providing compost manure for use by
farmers. The facility which sits on three acres of land has a capacity of
processing 70 tons of garbage daily.
plant lacks electricity and running water to support its operations. Fire
gutted part of the facility in 2018 thereby affecting its operations.