Plastic Waste Clog Ntungamo Drainage Channels

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Plastic waste has clogged the drainage channels in Ntungamo Municipality affecting the flow of runoff and waste water. The problem is mostly evident along Kapasi, Old Kabale and Kyamate roads among others.

Plastic waste has clogged the drainage channels in Ntungamo Municipality affecting the flow of runoff and waste water. The problem is mostly evident along Kapasi, Old Kabale and Kyamate roads among others.
 
The clogged channels have become breeding grounds for mosquitoes because of the stagnant water, raising concern among residents.
 
James Bekunda, a businessman along Kapasi road says that the municipal authorities have failed to enforce strict regulations to check on the irresponsible disposal of garbage. He says that the law enforcement officers need to move in and apprehend the culprits.
 
Jamandah Bonane, a chicken dealer in Ntungamo Municipality, says that much as the locals are to blame, the authorities are also responsible for the mess.
 
He says that the municipal council has failed to put in place strict measures that hold those behind irresponsible disposal accountable.
  
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Jackline Kyakunzire, a resident of Ntungamo town says that locals have also failed in their responsibilities. She says that the locals deliberately dispose of waste such as used polythene bags, plastic bottles old household equipment into the channels.

Jacob Kafureka, the Ntungamo Municipality Mayor told our reporter that the challenge is a serious one especially in eastern division of the Municipality.
 
Kafureka reveals that with the recruitment of more enforcement officers, the authorities are now on the lookout for the locals who fail to follow the minimum sanitation practices.
 
He says that he is engaging the other authorities to take action and also asked the locals to co-operate if a clean town is to  be realised.
 
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Anthony Kushaba
For Anthony Kushaba, journalism is not just a job; it is a calling. Kushaba believes journalism is one of the few platforms where the views of the oppressed and margainalised can be heard. This is what his journalism aims to do: bring to light untold stories.

Kushaba is the Mbarara region URN bureau chief. Mitooma, Ntungamo, Bushenyi, Sheema, Isingiro, and Kiruhura districts fall under his docket. Kushaba has been a URN staff member since 2012.

Kushaba is a journalism graduate from Uganda Christian University Study Centre at Bishop Barham College in Kabale. Before joining URN, Kushaba worked with Voice of Kigezi (2008), Bushenyi FM (2010) and later on to Voice of Muhabura.

Kushaba's journalism interests centre on conflict, peace and electoral reporting. Kushaba occasionally writes on tourism, health, religion and education. He describes himself as highly driven and will pursue a tip until it yields a story.