Mbale Waste Management Plant Rotting Away

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In short
Mbale Municipality has failed to utilize the multi-million shillings World Bank funded waste management plant to address the challenges of waste.

Mbale Municipality has failed to utilize the multi-million shillings World Bank funded waste management plant to address the challenges of waste.
 
The more than 800 million shillings plant located in Doko was built in 2007 to address the challenges of solid waste management, as part of the carbon trading deal with the World Bank.
 
Officials from World Bank and National Environment Management Authority—NEMA who launched the plant in September 2009, said it was going to free Mbale of garbage. Among other benefits was that the town would access funds from World Bank as part of carbon trading, where rich industrial nations pay for projects that are aimed at reducing global emissions. The Municipal Council was also to cash in from the revenue generated from composite manure.
 
However, four years later, the plant is yet to be put to use as heaps of rotten garbage welcomes visitors to the site. There is no sign that the garbage will be decomposed into manure as stipulated in the original plan of the project. The facility has also done very little to address the garbage management challenges in Mbale Municipality. James Kutosi, the public relations officer at Mbale municipal council, claims the volume of garbage generated in the municipality is more than the plant can handle.
 
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Kutosi also says the municipality cannot generate sufficient funds to operate the plant.
 
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Mansa Musa, the LC III Chairperson Industrial Division, which hosts the plant, blames the mess on poor funding. He explains that sometimes they have no money to fuel the trucks for ferrying garbage to the plant. Mansa further says that the authorities at Mbale Municipal Council failed the project by continuing to tender garbage collection yet the agreement with NEMA was to the effect that the council would take charge of garbage collection.
 
Mansa says as a result they have failed to pay the labourers who are supposed to sort out garbage.

 

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Denis Olaka
Denis Olaka is the URN bureau chief for Lira, in northern Uganda. Apac and Otuke fall under his docket. Olaka has been a URN staff member since 2011.

Olaka started his journalism career in 2000 as a news reporter, anchor, and then editor for Radio Lira in Lira district. He was subsequently an editor with Lira's Radio Wa in 2004 and Gulu district's Mega FM.

He was also a freelance writer for the Daily Monitor and Red Pepper newspapers.

Olaka's journalism focuses on politics, health, agriculture and education. He does a lot of crime reporting too.