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Kitgum Drivers Protest Over Uncollected Garbage

David Ojara a Taxi Operator says if the Municipal Officials don’t respond urgently, they will collect the garbage and dump it at Municipal offices.
Uncollected garbage at Kitgum Main Buspark in Kitgum Municipality. Taxi and Bus Operators have since issued a one week ultimatum to the Municipal authorities to intervene or face protest. Photo By Julius Ocungi

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Taxi and Bus operators at Kitgum Main Bus Park in Kitgum Municipality have issued a one-week ultimatum to Kitgum Municipal authorities to collect garbage. 

For the past two months, garbage has remained uncollected at Kitgum Main Bus and Taxi Park.   

Brian Bongomin Mukasa, a Bus operator says the garbage at the Bus Park is portraying a wrong image to their clients.

According to Mukasa, piles of garbage at the parks could trigger outbreak of diseases.

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David Ojara a Taxi Operator says if the Municipal Officials don’t respond, they will dump the waste at Municipal offices.

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David Opiyo, the Kitgum Taxi owners and Drivers Cooperative Society Ltd Chairperson says that several meetings with Municipal officials haven’t been a success.

The acting Kitgum Deputy Town Clerk Patrick Ocan, however, says the drivers should remain calm and assured them that the garbage will be removed.

He notes that garbage collection will also be robust once they finalize deals on the gazetted Garbage dumping sites in Labongo Layamo Sub County.

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Kitgum Municipal council halted collection of garbage in the last two months leaving heaps of garbage to pile in several places within the Municipality.

They cited resistance from local leaders in Labongo Layamo Sub-county who blocked the only gazetted dumping site from being used in November.