Soroti City authorities are planning to hire a private firm to
manage garbage collection in the new market.
The 24 Billion Shillings market was constructed with funding from the African
Development Bank and was commissioned by President Yoweri Museveni in November.
It’s expected to commence operations next week after the resettlement of 1,316
However, Soroti city is currently struggling to manage garbage following the
breakdown of garbage trucks.
The city relies on two trucks that include one skip loader and tipper lorry for
collecting and transporting waste to the garbage recycling plant located about
five kilometres away from the city centre. Soroti City produces on average, 60
tons of garbage daily but the available trucks collect about ten tons each day
when they are in good mechanical condition.
Moses Otimong, the Acting City Clerk Soroti, says that they are
considering a public-private partnership specifically for the new market once
it is operationalized. He explains that whereas the council has been managing
garbage, they have had challenges with finances which affect garbage collection
He notes that they have come up with Soroti Main Market Operations
and Maintenance Plan that will be manned by a private firm to keep the market
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Otimong revealed that they have requested 600 Million Shillings through
Uganda Support to Municipal Infrastructural Development- USMID to help the city
council acquire garbage equipment.
He also revealed plans to levy fees to every business in the city for garbage
collection. Otimong says that all the proposals await the approval of the council.
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Margret Akia, a resident of Pamba Ward in Soroti City West
Division says they pay some porters from the city to pick garbage in the
“Each household in our area pays at least 1,000 shillings to the porter to pick
garbage but we don’t know where he dumps it. When you move around is when you
notice the presence of garbage in some corners”, he said.