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Lyantonde Residents Irked By Poor Waste Management

Residents and market vendors in Lyantonde town council have threatened to demonstrate over failure by the local Council authorities to collect garbage from their area.
One of the Garbage Heaps next to Lyantonde Town Council
Residents and market vendors in Lyantonde town council have threatened to demonstrate over failure by the local Council authorities to collect garbage from their area.

 

The residents are particularly irked by piles of uncollected garbage scattered all over the market and near residential areas in the town council.

 

The vendors claim that it has become increasingly difficult to attract customers because of the stench of the uncollected garbage near their business premises

 

Residents led by Mustafa Kalule have vowed that if council doesn't act quickly, they are ready to scatter the uncollected garbage across the streets.

 

Kalule says that the garbage skips in their area filled up three weeks ago, but they have since not been removed.

 

He says that due to the absence of alternative means of garbage disposal, residents continue piling more garbage onto the skips that are already full.

 

Patrick Mugabi, a market vendor in the central market dealing in vegetables, says that many of their clients have abandoned them because of the filthy environment they operate in.

 

Mugabi wonders what the town council does with all the money the traders pay in form of taxes and licences if they cannot solve the problem of solid waste management in the town.

 

Jawadu Kayanja, a food vendor, says that the irritating smell from the rotting garbage has driven his regular customers away because they are afraid of getting diseases from eating in unhygienic conditions.

 

However, Martin Rogers Ssentongo Lyantonde Town clerk blames the garbage problem on the breakdown of the vehicle used to transport garbage to the dumping site.

 

He says that the truck has been in the garage for the past one week as mechanics look for genuine parts to fix it.

 

Ssentongo, however, says the locals should also be more responsible and utilize the existing skips to reduce on the problem of poor garbage collection in the town.

 

Recently locals piled stinking garbage infront of the Mayor Eriyah Sewandingi’s home to protest against uncollected garbage in the town council.

 

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