17 January 2013

Uganda: Nakawa Division Launches Campaign to Enforce Litter Ban

Kampala — Nakawa division, under the Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA), in support with City Church based in Sweden has launched a campaign against littering in the area.

While launching the campaign at a community service in Mutungo trading center mid this week, the division's Town Clerk, Godfrey Kisekka said the campaign is aimed at sensitizing residents on the existing laws on littering and the importance of keeping the environment.

He said the division is to work with Police to get all the culprits who will continue drop litter irresponsibly to face the law.

"We are going to sensitize them about the law to avoid being caught unaware. We have already got over 50 policemen who are going to beef up our KCCA law enforcers to make sure the law is followed," he said.

Kisekka noted that despite the existing laws, people have continued to drop litter anywhere without shame.

"They drop things in drainage channels and they clog thus leading to flooding. We cannot go on like this," he added.

He said the move is aimed at promoting responsible garbage disposal by the city dwellers in relation to the Solid Waste Management Ordinance 2000.

According to KCCA garbage management regulations, it is the responsibility of garbage generators to dispose of rubbish at the right collection points.

"We have collection points where our trucks pick this garbage. I think people should be responsible enough to drop their litter in the right places,"Kisekka added.

He noted that according to law, the maximum sentence for a person found littering gets is two months imprisonment, 20 hours of community service or a fine of sh40,000.

Kisekka said unlike in the past the central part of the Capital Kampala looks more tidy because of law enforcement by the new city authority.

He stressed that in month Kampala used to lose not less than five people during heavy rains due to flooding.

The head of the church, Pastor Wilberforce Bezudde said their Kampala branch located in the same division will continue supporting the community to promote hygiene.

"The churches should always teach their members about these basics like responsible littering. We all need health people for the country to move forward," he said.

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