Kabale Politicians, Health Inspectors Bicker over Poor Hygiene

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The disagreement stemmed from a recent impromptu visit by municipal leaders which found fecal matter littered behind most of the buildings and drainage systems. Sewerage was flowing directly from buildings into open drainage channels while hotels were found operating in unhygienic conditions.

A disagreement has erupted between political leaders and health enforcement officers in Kabale Municipality over poor supervision of facilities.

The disagreement stemmed from a recent impromptu visit by municipal leaders which found fecal matter littered behind most of the buildings and drainage systems. Sewerage was flowing directly from buildings into open drainage channels while hotels were found operating in unhygienic conditions.

Sam Arinaitwe, the Central Division Chairperson says that the state of hygiene in the Municipality is alarming. Arinaitwe says that although the health department is mandated to undertake regular supervision and ensure that they meet the required health standards, it has fallen short of its mandate.

Arinaitwe adds that health enforcement officers will be summoned to explain the shortfalls.
 
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Kabale Municipality Mayor Emmanuel Sentaro Byamugisha says that the situation is exposing residents to the risk of cholera, dysentery and typhoid. He warns that the political wing of the municipality will take charge and close all buildings whose owners have failed to adhere to proper hygiene guidelines.
 
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However, Kabale Municipality Inspector Andrew Beija faults landlords and tenants for being uncooperative in promoting hygiene at their premises.
 
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Bernard Turyasingura, the proprietor of Manhattan Hotel located in Kigongi along Kabale-Ntungamo Highway shifts the blame to immoral individuals who litter excreta anywhere especially during the night.

 

About the author

Samuel Amanya
Samuel Amanya is the Kigezi Region URN bureau chief. Kabale, Kisoro, Kanungu and Rukungiri districts fall under his docket. Samuel Amanya has been a Uganda Radio Network reporter since August 2016. Before becoming a URN staff reporter, Amanya had written for the network for several years as a freelancer.


Amanya was also a Voice of Kigezi reporter from 2011 to 2016.


A journalism graduate from African College of Commerce Kabale, Amanya values his independence. Amanya says URN is a home for his talent because it lets him explore his journalistic interests without limits.

Amanya is fascinated by the crime beat and some of his best stories have come out of that interest. Amanya says he aims to be all round beat reporter.