4 Police Posts in Luweero Operate Without Toilets

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Four police posts in Luweero are operating without toilets. The Police posts are Kakinzi, Mazzi, Kabunyata and Kikyusa Police posts which together have a population of more than 100 Police officers and their families. A police officer at Kakinzi Police post said that they shared a toilet with Kakinzi Masgid Noor Mosque for a year until recently when the administrators stopped them and locked it.

Four police posts in Luweero are operating without toilets.  The Police posts are Kakinzi, Mazzi, Kabunyata and Kikyusa Police posts which together have a population of more than 100 Police officers and their families.

A police officer at Kakinzi Police post who preferred anonymity told Uganda Radio Network (URN) that they shared a toilet with Kakinzi Masgid Noor Mosque and nursery school for a year until recently when the administrators stopped them and locked it.

He explained that currently the police officers, suspects and their families go to the nearby bushes to ease themselves. The officers attempted build their own pit latrines but the project hit a snag when they failed to raise enough money to buy cement and iron sheets.

The administrator of Kakinzi Masgid Noor Mosque Nuliat Binti said they closed off their toilets to the officers because the number of users had overwhelmed the facility leading to poor sanitation. She accused the police officers of failing to co-operate with them to ensure its cleanliness. She said that the police officers were given a grace period of a year to construct their own toilets but failed.

The officer in charge of Kakinzi Police Post Caroline Kizaala confirmed lack of toilets but declined to comment further on the matter.

The chairman LC 3 of Kamira sub-county Livingstone Kategeya said that at Mazzi and Kabunyata Police posts, officers had been easing themselves in neighbours’ toilets but the community got fed up and refused to help them anymore.

Kategeya said that due to lack of toilets at the posts, the residents and police officers dread the possible outbreak of cholera outbreak as the rainy season intensifies.

Kategeya said that residents had repeatedly complained to the Police to construct latrines for their officers in vain. The sub-county thus resolved to mobilise six million shillings from local revenue to build Kabunyata Police post latrines in 2012/13 financial year.

James Batabaire, a resident of Kikyusa town board, wondered why the Police force had invested heavily in buying arms and forgotten to cater for the welfare of officers that work for the community.

The Luweero district Police Commander Samuel Bamuzibire admitted that the Police posts do not have toilets but added that the matter had been communicated to the police headquarters in Kampala for action.

Bamuzibire said that, in meantime, they had mobilised residents and local leaders to partner with the police posts to set up temporally structures until when they get funds.

A World Bank Water and Sanitation Programme report released in April 2012, noted that that at least 3.5 million Ugandans do not have access to latrines.  The report indicated that another 13.8 million Ugandans use unsanitary or shared latrines. This poor sanitation costs the country at least UGX 389 billion annually in healthcare bills.

 

About the author

Brian Luwaga
Since Brian Luwaga joined Uganda Radio Network in 2011, he is still amazed how, "URN is a place that gives journalists a chance to enhance their skills . It gives a journalist an opportunity to adopt and master various aspects of journalism that include radio broadcast, social media, photography and television production."

A practicing journalist since 2009, first with Star FM, Luwaga has always been keen to write about the concerns of the "common person." Based for much of his career in Luweero, Luwaga takes it as a compliment if politicians complain that his reporting is too harsh.

In his journalism, Luwaga likes to merge the past with the present. He believes you cannot understand what is happening now, if you do not have a grounding in the past. Brian Luwaga is the Luweero URN bureau chief. Nakasongola, Nakaseke, Mityana, Mubende and Wakiso districts fall under his docket.

Luwaga is interested in humanitarian work and is a keen Rotarian.