The Physical Planning Amendment Act of 2020 has rejuvenated hope
for Soroti Municipal leaders on garbage management.
The law on the orderliness of the environment was passed by Parliament on
January 10th, 2020. It empowers local government authorities especially in
urban areas to regulate, close or sue landlords and business operators without
garbage management plans.
The law creates a legal duty on every Ugandan to create, maintain and enhance a
well- planned environment.
Soroti Municipality that has been struggling to clean the town,
the amendment gives a dawn of relief for leaders.
Soroti Municipal authorities are currently carrying out sensitization meetings
with landlords and business community to update them about the new law before
The amended law makes it an offence to litter garbage. Littering garbage or
dropping rubbish outside the litter bins now attracts a fine of up to 2 million
shillings or imprisonment for a period not exceeding one year or both on
The law makes it mandatory for every premise to have a litter bin. It also
requires business premises to provide pavers and maintain cleanliness
throughout, among other provisions.
Soroti Municipal Town Clerk, Moses Otimong says the law has simplified their
work. He explains that the municipal enforcement team will embark on operations
against people who will not adhere to the law.
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The Town Clerk indicates that the municipality is going to fully implement the
new law since the development and the future of Soroti Municipality will be
determined by its cleanliness.
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Paul Omer, the Mayor of Soroti Municipality says the new law will help the
municipality save money from garbage collection to other demanding sectors like
roads and street lighting among others.
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Samuel Omiat, a landlord in Pamba Ward wonders whether the new law will relieve
them from ground rent and other taxes imposed by the municipality. He wants the
municipal authorities to conduct more engagements with tenants in order to
lessen their work as landlords.