BUVEERA-LITTERED JINJA MUNICIPALITY IRRITATES RUBAGA MAYOR SSEBUGWAWO
By Mulengera Reporter
Rubaga Mayor Joyce Ssebugwawo has faulted leaders and residents of Jinja Municipal Council for the poor disposal and management of both solid and other waste materials littered in the town.
While in Jinja for a study tour on urban matters recently, Ssebugwawo noted that while Jinja is one of the best planned municipalities in East Africa, the town was full of polyethene bags commonly known as buveera.
“It is strange that even the dumping site [at Masese] is filled with dangerous materials and is nonfunctional, putting the lives of residents at great risk,” said, then quickly urged the leadership to act.
Municipality Council has always blamed the poor garbage disposal issue on poor funding which they argue has made it almost impossible to properly manage the facility at Masese.
Ssebugwawo urged the residents to stop the ‘I don’t care attitude’ which makes them dump garbage on the roads or throw it into drainage channels simply because they know drainages and garbage disposal are Council’s responsibilities.
“We all should aspire and admire to live in a clean and safe environment free of buveera and foul smell; If there is an outbreak of any disease like cholera, every resident will be affected,” she said.
Earlier in the Council session, Bernard Mbayo, the Secretary for Works, who stood in for Mayor Majid Batambuze (the mayor had travelled to Israel), pointed out that the greatest challenge remained management of imported solid and liquid waste.
“People come from outside areas like Budondo, Butagaya, Busede and Mafubira sub counties with agricultural products like maize, cassava and jackfruits and leave the refuse here,” observed Mbayo.
The oratory FDC councilor also urged government to add Njeru Municipality (Buikwe), Kakira, Bugembe and Magamaga to Jinja Metropolitan City.
“I have travelled to many corners of the world where a city has millions of people and covers a wide square kilometer unlike ours in Uganda where every trading center now wants to become a city,” he said.