9 September 2012

Tanzania: Bukoba to Get More Toilets for Environmental Purity

Bukoba — BUKOBA Municipal Council, in collaboration with Lake Victoria Management Programme (LVEM Phase Two), plans to construct modern toilets around Bukoba town in effort to keep the environment friendly.

The Municipal Health Officer, Ladislaus Oisso, said plans were underway to rehabilitate the present toilets and build new ones in various areas including the Customs (bandarini) and on Lake Victoria fish landing sites to serve the increasing fishing communities.

To start with, special disposal baskets would be placed in various corners around the town to enable passengers to dispose of the waste. More than half of solid waste produced in Bukoba municipality is not collected due to lack of enough equipment.

Mr Oisso revealed that during 2011 the municipality produced a total of 25,550 tons of solid waste while that which was collected was 10,950 tons. He said the municipal council also needed ten vehicles for waste collection but had only one tractor in a good working condition.

According to Mr Oisso, a total of 100m/- was needed for keeping the environment clean including collecting of solid waste. He urged Bukoba residents to have a culture of keeping their environment clean at their respective homes instead of depending on the Municipality alone.

Mr Oisso also warned people who polluted rivers and Lake Victoria and those, who had constructed houses at water sources. He said five environmental surveillance teams had been set up and would make spot checks around the 14 Wards in Bukoba Municipality. Those found responsible of making the environment dirty would be fined 50,000/-, he warned.

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