Officials also complained after realizing that the contractor had not considered the toilet of Peoples with Disabilities (PWD)s’ on the ground floor. Municipal Mayor Byamugisha says that constructing a toilet on top of a kitchen creates negative physiological irritation on people cooking in the kitchen especially when a person flushes after using of the toilet.
Authorities have ordered
Chinese Chong Chuing International Construction Company, the contractors who are constructing Kabale Central Market, to immediately remove the toilets which are situated on top
of the kitchen.
The order was given by the authorities who were led by the Kabale municipality mayor Emmanuel Sentaro Byamugisha and Town Clerk Deo Ndimo, together with Municipal development
forum officials and other officials from the Ministry of Local government on Wednesday
afternoon as they conducted an inspection exercise of the ongoing works.
Works at the market have so far reached roofing stage.
Officials were however shocked to find toilets being
constructed on top of the floor designated to be the kitchen, after the works are
The officials also complained after realizing that
the contractor had not considered the toilet of Peoples with Disabilities (PWD)s’
on the ground floor.
Officials tasked the contractor to explain why toilets are
being constructed on top of the kitchen.
Byamugisha says that constructing a toilet
on top of a kitchen creates negative physiological irritation on people cooking
in the kitchen especially when a person flushes after using of the toilet.
The Mayor also says that it puts the hygiene of the kitchen at stake in case there is any leakage in the floor and pipes of the toilets.
He also says that the smell from the toilet creates a bad impression on the food
that is being cooked under.
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Byamugisha also says that the decision of the contractor to
construct toilets for PWD’s only on the upper floor infringes on their rights because they have issues with climbing.
He adds that officials have asked the
contractor to immediately revise works and remove toilets on top of the kitchen
and suit it in another convenient space. He also says that the contractor has
been asked to make sure that PWDs’ toilets are also constructed on the ground
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Charles Muguya, the project site engineer says that however
much they are aware that constructing of a toilet on top of the kitchen creates a
negative physiological effect on users of the market, there was no option of
changing what had been agreed upon in the design.
Muguya also says that there is no need to worry because the
contractor had a plan of putting a very strong ceiling.
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Muguya also says that initially in the design, there was no
consideration of any toilet on the ground floor but promised to make changes as
authorities have asked.
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John Paul Ssetumba, Country Representative for Sileshi
Consults, an Engineering Company supervising the project says that so far the progress
stands at 60% but with a lag of 5 per cent behind the schedule. Ssetumba is
however optimistic that by December this year, all works will be at 100 per cent.
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The Construction of the 23 billion Shilling facility by the
Chinese Chong Chuing International Construction Company started in December
2019 under the World Bank-funded Markets and Agricultural Trade Improvement program
– MATIP III. It is expected to be complete by December 2021.
The market will
comprise 859 lockup shops, 676 stalls, a medical clinic, a Daycare Centre, and
restaurants, among others.