Breaking

New Physical Planning Act Excites Soroti Municipal Leaders

The New Physical Planning Act empowers local government authorities especially in urban areas to regulate, close or sue landlords and business operators without garbage management plans.
Paul Omer, Soroti Mayor.

Audio 3

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 its implementation. 

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 conviction.

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.

// Cue in “You know we have been…

Cue out…straight to court”//

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. 

// cue in “The same law is… Cue out…and Uganda”//

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. 

// Cue in “Because if you get…

Cue out…to be exemplary”//

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.