According to the contracts, the companies are required to levy a monthly charge of shilling 30,000 for premium services (3 bags per week) and UGX3000 per month for bring-to-truck services. Concessionaires are also required to assess each client objectively depending on how much garbage they generate.
Capital City Authority-KCCA councillors are calling for an audit into the
operations of firms contracted to collect garbage.
The decision was taken during a meeting between the KCCA Standing Committee of Public
Health and the three companies; Homklin Company Limited, Nabugabo Updeal and
Kampala Solid Waste Management Consortium commonly known as Kasasiro.
During the meeting held on Tuesday at the City Hall, committee members accused
the companies of substandard work. The
companies were also accused of levying different garbage collection fees in
According to the contracts, the companies are required to levy a monthly charge
of 30,000 Shillings for premium services (3 bags per week) and 3000 Shillings per
month for bring-to-truck services.
The committee chairperson Kampala Central One Councilor Francis Mbaziira told
the companies that they shall be subjected to an audit to assess their capacity
regarding the number of trucks, their tonnage and their conditions compared to
the amount of work.
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Cue out: ...zinaatera okutuuka"//
The committee wants KCCA to also start issuing a certificate of competency to
the companies before extending their contracts.
KCCA first issued contracts to the three companies for four years in 2016
before an extension was granted in 2019 despite disagreements from some
political leaders and rival private collectors who accused the authority of monopolizing
the collection of garbage.
In 2019 when the cabinet resolved to extend the contract of the companies, Erias
Lukwago, the City Lord Mayor was up in arms challenging the decision which he
said wasn't informed by an audit. He accused the companies of delivering
In June this year, KCCA extended the contracts of the same companies for ten
years. However, this prompted the council to pass a resolution to recall the review
meeting, representatives of the companies cited challenges of poor road
infrastructure in slums and lack of payment by some companies among other
On the disparities in fees, they told the committee that they also consider the
amount of garbage collected and how often it’s collected from a customer. They
argued that some businesses generate a lot of garbage.
The Executive Director of Homklin Company Isaac Katureebe says they can collect
garbage but decried lack of payment, which hinders their operations.
"What I know...
Cue out: ...trying to do"//
Abubakar Sonko, the Director Nabugabo Updeal said that KCCA should sensitize
the public on proper waste disposal. He also said that the company has 5 trucks
that can carry 30 tons of garbage and 21 trucks of 7 tonnes.
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Cue out: ...enjawulo mubisale"//
The Chairperson of Kasasiro, Denis Mushabe also asked KCCA to improve the roads
to enable the trucks to access areas to collect garbage.
Mushabe also said that they struggle to find space to dump at the landfill in
Kiteezi since it has been used beyond capacity.
//Cue in: “Gyetujja kasasiro…
…where we dump”//
Kampala produces over 2,000 tons of garbage
daily yet KCCA has only 12 functional garbage collection trucks. Only about 56
percent of the garbage is collected while the contracted firms collect 32
percent and KCCA 24 percent.
The Kampala City Council Solid Waste Management Ordinance of 2000, mandates
KCCA and its agents to ensure that solid waste in Kampala is collected and
conveyed to treatment installations to satisfy both public health and
environmental conservation requirements.