Parliament’s Forum on Water, Sanitation and Hygiene is pushing
for the enactment of a National Community Works Bill that envisages promoting
public hygiene and sanitation.
Ngora Woman MP Jacqueline Amongin, the Forum Chairperson said
that they are fast-tracking the tabling of the Bill also referred to as “Bulungi
Bwansi” Bill for its first reading.
The Forum through its member Gaffa Mbwatekamwa representing
Kasambya County sought leave of parliament in 2016 to present the Private
The Bill will require among other things Ugandans to engage in
communal work to better the well-being of citizens, protect and preserve public
property, render national service and protect a clean and healthy environment.
Amongin explained that whereas the proposed Bill has delayed to
return for its first reading, they have already bench-marked and that it is
currently before the First Parliamentary Counsel for drafting.
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She appealed Ugandans to change their attitude if challenges of
sanitation and hygiene are to be addressed.
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Amongin made the statement while addressing a press conference
at Parliament about the upcoming symposium on November
15th organized under the theme: “The Role of Parliament in Positioning Water,
Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) as a key driver for National Development.”
Robert Otim, the National Director Habitat for Humanity said
that the symposium will provide an opportunity for different partners to
exhibit and showcase their products, while beneficiaries including children
will make presentation on how WASH has impacted their lives.
Jane Sembuche Mselle, the Water Aid Country Director appealed
for joint effort in the promotion of hygiene and sanitation especially in
schools and health sector.
“Few of our institutions have good sanitary
requirement. This demands us to come together as partners, Civil Society
Organisations and decision makers on how to accelerate towards achieving 2030
goals,” said Mselle.
Mselle said that statistics collected about hygiene in the health sector are shocking.
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According to Otim, 70 pupils share one latrine out of the
recommended 40 pupils per latrine and that in the process if lining up to use
the toilet, a lot of time is wasted and pupils also exposed to diseases.
According to the United Nations
International Children's Emergency Fund (UNICEF), 3 out of 10 Ugandan households do not have a latrine and
10 percent of Ugandans practice open defecation.