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Kabale Market Contractor Ordered to Remove Toilets from Top of the Kitchen

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.
Part of Kabale Central Market under construction (Photo Credit Samuel Amanya)

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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 done.

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 floors. 

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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. 

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