These companies were first contracted in 2016 and were allocated areas to operate while KCCA would collect garbage in public places like markets, hospitals and schools and residents know for low Income earners for instance, Kaleerwe, Kamwokya and Mulago.
Kampala Capital City Authority - KCCA
has embarked on a process to renew contracts of the private garbage collecting companies in Kampala.
The six months controversial
contract extension of Homkline, Nabugabo Updeal and Kampala Solid Waste
Management Consortium is set
to expire this month.
The six companies acquired a four year contract in 2016 to collect garbage in some parts of the city to boost the collection capacity of KCCA. But last year their contract was extended following a cabinet decision, a move highly opposed to by the authority
political wing that demanded an evaluation of their performance.
KCCA then said they would assess
performance and open up bids for new contractors to apply at the end of the six
However speaking to URN, the
Authority's spokesperson Peter Kaujju said without detail that they were in the process of
renewing the contracts.
There have been questions
about the operations of these companies with political leaders demanding an assessment of their
Also traders organized under Kampala
Arcade Traders Association last year petitioned KCCA and later the office of
the president over what they called exorbitant charges by the companies.
Ggaba Market Chairman, Francis
Katuramo says they pay Shillings 1.2 million monthly to Homkline to collect garbage every Tuesday and Friday. This week the company declined to collect garbage demanding Shillings 600,000 owed by the market. It was KCCA that sent a
truck yesterday to rescue the situation.
Olive Namazzi, KCCA Executive
Secretary in charge of Health says the extension of contract is backed by a letter from the office of the Minister for Kampala that called for an extension of contract. However Namazzi who is opposed to the move says it is unfair for KCCA to ignore queries
raised and renew contracts without evaluation of the contractors’ performance.
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Namazzi says KCCA should also build
its own capacity to collect more garbage in the city.
According to KCCA, about
1,200–1,500 tonnes of garbage is generated daily and yet KCCA collects only about
400-500 tonnes of it. The authority needs at least 65 trucks but currently has only
16 operating ones.
Some leaders have also demanded that
KCCA permits more companies to collect garbage and avoid the current monopoly. When
KCCA contracted the three companies in 2016, another garbage collector Bin It Services
Limited ran to court accusing KCCA, Kampala Solid Waste Management Consortium
Ltd (Kasasiro) and Homeklin Uganda Limited of monopolizing garbage collection
in certain parts of Kampala.
Court Ordered that KCCA withdraws a newspaper
notice in which it declared the three companies as the ones licensed to collect
garbage in the city but the authority did not respond. This prompted BIN It to
go back to court and secured a court order standing the earlier orders and a
fine of 500 million for contempt of court.