By Sandra Birungi
The junk in Katwe has surely caught the eye of law makers who have concluded that if anyone is caught littering in that area in particular, he or she will face a 6 month jail term.
The area councilor, Deo Kasana issued a warning during a clean-up exercise organised by a local NGO, Shelter and Settlements Alternatives: Uganda Human Settlements Network (SSA:UHSNET) over the weekend in regard to the intensive littering in the area.
Littering in Uganda is a common phenomenon with its streets marred with plastic bottles and polythene bags making it one of the dirtiest countries in Africa. SSA: UHSNET helps bring together stakeholders in the human settlements sector to address constraints to adequate housing, especially for urban slum dwellers.
Katwe, a popular slum has been a haven for rubbish clogged in trenches, waste in streets among other things. Councilor Kasana of Katwe Parish II, said because of their leniency, the area residents have been taking issues of sanitation for granted. “How can one stay in an environment full of faeces and sewage flowing all over their compounds? This time we are not going to be soft with everyone,” he said. “Landloads should take the initiative to warn their tenants because we are going to arrest them [their tenants] and they will have to spend six months in jail. This will teach others a lesson; it is going to be with effect from now,” he added.
The councilor intends to work together with local council members to put in place by-laws on garbage disposal and littering, in a move aimed at improving the sanitation levels of the area.