- Vendors who sell commodities near the garbage collection site always complain of the irritating smell from the garbage saying it’s risk to their health
- The local revenue town council gets is not enough but the little collected is used to run activities such as road opening and maintenance, paying council allowances
- The council plans to repair and maintain the tractor that is used for collecting the garbage
By Elema Robert
Yumbe– There is public outcry over the poor management of garbage in Yumbe town but the leaders attributed the problem to inadequate transport facilities.
Danish Church Aid, an implementing partner in Bidibidi refugee settlement recently intervened to collect garbage in the town under cash for work project, but the garbage has again over accumulated at the collection point.
The LC l chairperson of the area, Mr Akbar Chiriga said: “We have over talked about the issue of the garbage but the town council authorities are reluctant about the matter. The authorities always complain of lack of transport facilities yet alot of revenues is being collected from the town but we don’t know what the funds are used for. If it’s difficult for them, let them tender the garbage collection to firms or individuals who have capacity in the district”.
Mr Maliki Drakuma the town clerk said the major challenge town council is facing is lack of transport to ferry the garbage from the collection point to the dumping site.
He said the only means of transport Yumbe town council has is the tractor which has a capacity of two and half tone which can carry the garbage for ten times a day but still there will be a backlog bearing in mind the speed at which the tractor goes is also slower.
“For us as planners of the town, we have submitted a proposal to UNHCR under ReHoPE funding to address the challenge and we also tried to put a request to the office of the CAO Yumbe district to allocate for us a lorry which was done but the challenge was the lorry was grounded. When we made assessment through FAO, a Chinese firm to donates vehicles, the assessment was done worth Shs 36 million but looking at the budget, the resource envelope of the town,” he said.
Mr Swaib Ayimani the LC 3 chairperson attributed the garbage accumulation in the town to the failure of the community in following the bylaws set by town council in garbage management.
“We have been encouraging the residents in the town to ensure that garbage at the shops, lodges and other residential houses be packed in sacks for easy collection and loading on to the tractor but they dump the garbage anyhow. Our road pavements have all been blocked due to poor disposal of garbage in the town,” he said.
He added that town council previously procured dust bins that were placed at some strategic places for people to dispose off rubbish in their vicinity but the usage of the dust bins had not been okay that led to their breakages.
He said: “We have a plan to procure dust bins which will be placed at some points in the town for easy collection of garbage and we are also going to strengthen sensitisation campaigns in garbage management in the town”.