On Friday and today Saturday residents as well as traders of Kame valley and Kikooza market started adding wrong to wrong hoping to get a right by collecting garbage from their homes and dropping it in the middle of the road which connects Nabuti to Wantoni trading center.
The business community and residents
of Mukono Central Division in Mukono Municipality are protesting high garbage
collection charges by adding wrong to wrong hoping to get a right.
On Friday and today Saturday residents
as well as traders embarked on collection of garbage from homes, Kame valley and
Kikooza market dropping it in the middle of the market road which connects from
Nabuti to Wantoni trading center.
The municipality contracted De Waste to
manage garbage in Goma division and Bin IT Ug limited in the Central division
as well as Namakya Enterprises limited to manage its landfill at Katikoro.
However, the municipality did not come
up with clear and fixed guidelines on charges for residents generating
the garbage to pay, but it also stopped other local private collectors from operating in
Swalik Muteesa, a resident at Kikooza
in the Central division says Bin IT tasks them to pay between Shillings 28, 000
to 40, 000 on a monthly basis for collecting garbage from their homes.
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Shakirah Namugaru, a trader at Kame
valley market reveals that each stall block is tasked to pay between Shillings
30, 000 to 70, 000 on a monthly basis. She notes that before companies from
Kampala were contracted to manage garbage, they could hardly pay beyond
Shillings 30, 000.
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URN has established that garbage
trucks for the municipality have since February been parked at the municipal
headquarters. The Municipal Mayor, Erisa Mukasa Nkoyoyo says tenders for
garbage collection were awarded to private contractors.
Nkoyoyo however notes that they
advised them to avoid inflicting exorbitant charges on residents. He notes that they
advised them to charge not more than 1, 500 Shillings every time they collect
garbage from them.
Paul Lugalambi, Executive Director of
Bins IT in attributes blames the municipal authorities for failure
to sensitize people about their responsibilities.
According to him, they are in business
and can never collect garbage from any person without paying since it is that
money that they use to supplement their budget from the municipality to perform
“I have to fuel the trucks, pay the
persons involved in the process of the collection among other things, I cannot offer them free services,” Lugalambi notes.
Statistics from the Mukono Municipal
Environment Officer indicate that over 270 tons of garbage are generated daily
within Goma and Mukono central division. However, only 69 tons are collected on
a monthly basis.