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By Joel Mugabi

Lubaga Division has emerged winners of the Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA) Weyonje campaign competition, a challenge that seeks to improve sanitation in the five divisions that make up Uganda’s capital.

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The 2021 edition of the Weyonje Sanitation Challenge, which was started by KCCA two years ago, ran from November 04 to December 15. During the campaign, the five divisions – Lubaga, Kawempe, Makindye, Nakawa and Central – showcased the achievements reached throughout the year in the five major themes of solid waste management, sanitation, innovations to improve Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) service provision, inspection, and the model village.

Overall, the challenge was meant to improve sanitation and hygiene in communities through division leadership. The campaign’s specific objectives included: increasing team work and participation of the division technical and political teams for improved sanitation and hygiene; promoting best sanitation and hygiene practices; as well as enhancing sustainable and innovative interventions to the sanitation challenges.

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Expected outcomes of the challenge are: cleaner city, improved sanitation, increased volume of solid waste collected from the communities, increased faecal sludge collected from the divisions, reduced solid waste dumpsites and illegal dumping in the communities, and improved sanitation and hygiene practices (hand washing with soap).

Other expected outcomes were: an increase in the number of toilets constructed, increased sustainable innovations and interventions in Faecal Sludge Management (FSM) and Solid Waste Management (SWM), greater team work, self-driven staff and ownership by the division technical and political teams.

KCCA says the campaign was guided by its vision of a vibrant, attractive and sustainable city. Authority bosses led by Executive Director Dorothy Kisaka have reiterated their commitment to improving city dwellers’ quality of life and environment to ensure sustainable urban development. But KCCA has also made it clear that the quest to achieve the vision of a vibrant capital city is a collective responsibility.

Challenges still remain in as far as improving sanitation in Kampala is concerned. For example, results from a 2017 baseline survey indicate that 15,000 people of the resident population still practice open defecation; up to 94 per cent of the city relies on on-site sanitation facilities; while only six per cent is connected to the public sewer line.

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These challenges are what campaigns such as Weyonje seek to deal with by raising awareness and supporting interventions aimed at improving access to adequate, equitable sanitation and hygiene for all and ensuring proper solid waste and drainage management.

According to figures from the authority, efforts by stakeholders, KCCA, Government, partners as well as city dwellers, are paying off. For example, the Authority has made big strides towards citywide access to improved feacal sludge and solid waste sanitation services, improving collection rates for fecal sludge from 43 to 50 per cent, and for solid waste from 35 to 50 per cent from 2016 to 2021.(For comments on this story, call, text or whatsapp us on 0705579994 [whatsapp line], 0779411734, 0200900416 or email us





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