By Emmanuel Omona
Traders in Elegu trading centre have urged government to construct more toilets/latrines for them saying that the few which are there are not enough and are very expensive.
The traders claimed that in 2007, government constructed a 4 stench pit latrine but they have become spoilt.
They say there is need for the government to rehabilitate the old Pit latrines and also construct new ones.
Tabbu Okello, one of the traders at Elegu trading centre claimed that many people line up to use the pit latrines which he said that becomes so busy on market days.
“The pit Latrine is used by over 4,000 traders during the market days and it becomes so difficult to maintain hygiene that day”, Okello claimed.
Lillian Lamara, a business woman in Elegu trading centre added that they are being charged Shs 500 for both calls of nature.
“They are expensive and we cannot afford especially a mother with many children like me”, Lamara exclaimed.
Michaela Onen-can, the Parish Chief for Atiak sub County where Elegu market is located said that there is need to construct more pit Latrines so that there is good hygiene in the market.
“We have monitored the place and found out that there is need for more pit latrines and bore holes”, Onen-can said.
Elegu market accommodates about 4,000 traders who come from Uganda, Congo, South Sudan and other neighboring countries every week.
Elegu trading centre is also lacking a health centre and many traders travel to Bibya trading centre for treatment.