Contractor Abandons Garbage Collection in Nakasero Market

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The market management was then tasked to pay the contractor all the necessary fees for collecting the garbage. Traders who spoke to Uganda Radio Network say they pay a daily rate of 1000 Shillings to cover the cost of garbage collection. Nakasero Market hosts about 4500 traders.

Nabugabo Updeal Joint Venture, the company that was assigned to collect garbage in Nakasero market has abandoned the task, covering one of the biggest markets in the central business District with a foul stench.

The Company took over the task on January 8th, 2016 following the withdrawal of Kampala Capital City Authority-KCCA. In a statement, KCCA stated that it had signed a Public Private Partnership with Nabugabo Updeal Joint Venture giving it exclusive rights to collect and transport garbage from Nakasero Market.

The market management was then tasked to pay the contractor all the necessary fees for collecting the garbage. Traders who spoke to Uganda Radio Network say they pay a daily rate of 1000 Shillings to cover the cost of garbage collection. Nakasero Market hosts about 4500 traders.

KCCA workers used to clean the market two to three times a day depending on the amount of garbage generated at the collection point. However, there has been no collection over the last two days.

The sight of rotten pineapples, oranges and mangos strewn all over the place welcomes you as you enter the market. Traders say they have been battling with flies roaming all over the place, yet they have no official communication from the contractor on the reasons for the failed garbage collection.

Nakasero Market Sitting Vendors and Traders Chairperson Godfrey Kakooza says the situation exposes traders to a very unhygienic working environment which exposes them to health risks.
 
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Swaibuh Mubiru, a trader in the Nakasero market said the decision to appoint Nabugabo Updeal Joint Venture was erroneous. He says the task is so enormous for a company with no equipment and manpower.

The Kampala City Council Solid Waste Management Ordinance 2000 stipulates that all occupants of a commercial premise are responsible for waste generated at those premises until it is collected by the council, its appointed agents licensed by the council.

The ordinance also stipulates the owner is responsible for the sanitary conditions of his premises and the proper placement for collection of all solid waste.

Efforts to get a comment from the company's public relations officer Sonko Abur were futile as his contact numbers were off.

 

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Beatrice Nyangoma
Beatrice Nyangoma values her independence as a journalist. This was one of her major considerations before she became a URN staffer in 2015.

Nyangoma says, "I like URN because it gives me room to decide what stories I want to work on. That is so important to me."

The URN Jinja bureau chief since July 2016, Nyangoma considers health matters a beat close to her heart. One of the highlights of her career so far were her exclusive interviews unveiling the rot in Mulago hospital in early 2016.

Nyangoma started out writing for the Red Pepper newspaper in 2011 in her final year of university. She was majorly a health reporter. In 2012, Nyangoma moved to Top Television as a health, business reporter and weekend news editor. She was also the assistant editorial manager of Kabarole Research and Resource Centre FM (KRC FM).