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Residents of Mukono municipality are querying the capacity of three companies contracted to manage waste in Mukono
Central and Goma Divisions. On Tuesday this week, the municipality
confirmed the contracts of De Waste
and Bin IT Ug limited to collect waste and Namakya Enterprises limited to manage its landfill at Katikoro.
However, residents claim
that none of the contracted companies
is based in Mukono or has an office where
they can report their complaints. George William Ssemakula, a
Nabuti in Mukono Central Division,
says that without a base in the municipality, garbage collection in the municipality will remain a myth.
“It is not going to take long for such companies to start levying exorbitant charges on residents before collecting garbage from their
homes. We have individuals with trucks within that would this job better but
they instead chose to take companies rejected in Kampala for many years now,” Ssemakula explained.
Umar Ssebuyungo, another resident and the Operations
Officer for Uganda People’s Défense Forces Reserve Force-UPDRF in Mukono district, says that garbage collection requires
monitoring of illegal dumping sites and supervision of garbage truck drivers, which end up dumping waste in trenches and wetlands.
He, however, says this is unlikely since the new firms lack offices in the district. Menisa Namukose, the Mukono Municipality Deputy Town Clerk, says that many companies participated in the bidding process but they three emerged best. She
says that they
shall support the contractors with reasonable funding and guide them to solicit negotiable
fees from residents.
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Rashid Magezi, the Public Relations for De Waste has called for calm from the
residents, saying they have the capacity and are ready for the task.
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the Chief Executive Officer Bin IT
Limited, says that the few
challenges they have had in Kampala cannot stop them from carrying on with the work.
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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.