Residents of Mbale City have raised concern about private property
developers who have constructed on top of a major sewer line and sanitary
The residents argue that if not stopped, it's likely to affect the
disposal of sewerage.
The sewer line is on plot 7 and 9 between the two buildings of the
General clinic on Kumi road.
Another line is between the former lorry park and Bam Shopping
Sanitary lanes are designed to provide leeway for service vehicles such as
delivery and garbage collection trucks, fire brigade among others but the
situation in the city is different.
James Wanda, a resident in Mbale town that the developments have
encroached on the gazetted corridor for sewerage, storm waters and drainage
channels. He says the sanitary lanes should be left
untampered with as it was designed.
Abdallah Magambo, the councillor elect for Northern City Division
West says the construction of illegal structures on the sanitary lanes and
sewer lines frustrates efforts to combat fire outbreaks in case of emergencies.
He accuses the technical wing of Mbale City of causing the mess
within the town.
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Musa Kasajja, Councilor in Industrial Division and the Chairperson
of the Transformation blames the Law enforcement officers for allowing illegal
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Mbale City Council spokesperson James Kutosi, says that the construction
of any structure must be approved by the City Council.
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According to the Water Act, buildings are supposed to be at
least four meters and above, away from water and sewerage lines.