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Newly Elected Gulu City Division Mayors to Prioritize Proper Garbage Management

Garbage management in Gulu City has become a challenge generally because of the regular breakdown of the only garbage trucks and the high costs to repair and maintain them.
Pile of uncollected garbage in Gulu Main Market - Photo by Dominic Ochola

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The newly elected Gulu City Division Mayors have prioritized proper garbage management in their five-year term in office.

Garbage management in Gulu City has become a challenge generally because of the regular breakdown of garbage trucks and the high costs to repair and maintain. 

Officials at Gulu City have several times come under the spotlight for poor garbage management, which is compromising public health. The city has one garbage truck, tractor and wheel loader, which are shared by Laroo- Pece, Bardege-Layibi Divisions.

This has affected garbage collection and disposal leading to piles of uncollected waste in the two city divisions of Laroo-Pece and Bardege-Layibi.  The trucks have become too old and costly to repair.

Patrick Lumumba Oola, the newly elected Mayor of Bardege –Layibi Division says that he will ensure that garbage is properly managed since the Division Mayor will be in full control. He also said that there could be plans to purchase new garbage trucks for each of to bring an end to the poor garbage management.

According to Oola, while he was still the Bardege Division Chairman his office had a lot of challenges in managing garbage because they had to request for skip loaders from Gulu Municipal Council which would sometimes not be given in time, or not given at all.

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According to a statistics, Gulu City generates an average of 120 tons of garbage daily but can collect only a quarter of the garbage generated.

Geoffrey Otim, who was elected the Mayor Laroo –Pece Division says that his office will immediately sort out the garbage management crisis at the Gulu Main Market which has been in existence for years alongside others challenges like power outages in the market.

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Last year, the Gulu Mayor and Town Clerk were accused of laxity, conflict of interest and interference with the work of the divisions in managing garbage. They were accused of not responding timely to the repair garbage trucks whenever they breakdown.

Currently, the City authorities often hire private garbage trucks as an emergency action plan to collect garbage in town.