Residents and local leaders in Kasensero Town Council in
Kyotera district have expressed concern over the worsening hygienic conditions
at Kasensero landing site and eleven villages.
They have attributed the dire condition to the lack of
pit latrines which induce open discharge of solid waste among the residents.
The town council
has three public toilets which are all not in good condition since their soak pits are impaired and directly drain into the lake when it rains.
According to Harriet Nabbala, the Kasensero Town Clerk, majority of residents discharge their solid waste due to a lack of pit latrines which may
spark deadly diseases such as typhoid during the rainy season.
Nabbala adds that also some landlords and tenants have no
toilets which has compelled the majority to resort to using bushes while others use polythene
bags to ease themselves, especially in overcrowded areas. She explains that all the littered human waste is eroded
in the lake where community members fetch water for domestic use which puts
their lives at risk of catching the deadly disease.
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She further noted that also poor waste management is
still a challenge in the town council saying that plastic bottles and polythene
and other wastes end up in the lake which contaminates not only the water but
also the fish which people eat.
Nabbala says they are planning a community cleaning
exercise to relieve the town council and the landing site of the solid waste.
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Joseph Kimera, the Councilor representing Kasensero town
council, says that they have been grappling with the lack of toilets in the
town council for over a decade adding that several houses and pit latrines were
swept away by 2019-2020 floods which worsened the situation.
He says that the town council currently has three public
toilets serving five parishes with more than 15,000 people.
He further mentions that Kachungwa parish which has six
villages has no toilet at all something that has left the residents with no alternative
but to go to the bush.
Kimera noted that even Kikene landing site which has more
than 300 residents has no toilet and most of them resort to burying the human waste
in the sand which has increased water-borne disease.
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According to Kimera, the town council receives local and
international tourists mainly students every day but they find it a challenge
to host them without enough toilets.
The toilet that was constructed for the workers at the
fish parking and loading shelter was submerged and the workers have to find alternatives
to ease themselves.
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He noted that he took the matter to the district council
and which considered rebuilding a public toilet in Kachungwa parish. Kimera says that they expect the Prime minister Robinah Nabbanja
to visit Kasensero where thousands of people are expected to attend amid the toilet
crisis which may worsen the hygienic conditions in the area.
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According to Remegio Ssebuufu, one of the affected
residents at Kasensero landing site, although piped water was extended to their
community, the majority, who cannot afford to pay 200 shillings per jerrican of
water prefer fetching from the lake yet the water near the shores is
He explains that contaminated water means even the fish they
eat must be contaminated in one way or another. He appealed to the district and local government ministry
to intervene and urgently address that matter since Kasensero generates over 3
billion shillings in terms of revenue.
A health worker at Kasensero Health Centre II, says that the number of patients suffering from water-borne diseases has kept on increasing since 2019 and is expected to keep increase in the current rainy season.