Kasensero Residents, Leaders Decry Worsening Toilet Crisis

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Residents and local leaders in Kasensero Town Council in Kyotera district have expressed concern over the worsening hygienic conditions at Kasensero landing site and eleven villages.

They have attributed the dire condition to the lack of pit latrines which induce open discharge of solid waste among the residents.

The town council has three public toilets which are all not in good condition since their soak pits are impaired and directly drain into the lake when it rains.

According to Harriet Nabbala, the Kasensero Town Clerk, majority of residents discharge their solid waste due to a lack of pit latrines which may spark deadly diseases such as typhoid during the rainy season.

Nabbala adds that also some landlords and tenants have no toilets which has compelled the majority to resort to using bushes while others use polythene bags to ease themselves, especially in overcrowded areas. She explains that all the littered human waste is eroded in the lake where community members fetch water for domestic use which puts their lives at risk of catching the deadly disease.

She further noted that also poor waste management is still a challenge in the town council saying that plastic bottles and polythene and other wastes end up in the lake which contaminates not only the water but also the fish which people eat. Nabbala says they are planning a community cleaning exercise to relieve the town council and the landing site of the solid waste.

Joseph Kimera, the Councilor representing Kasensero town council, says that they have been grappling with the lack of toilets in the town council for over a decade adding that several houses and pit latrines were swept away by 2019-2020 floods which worsened the situation. He says that the town council currently has three public toilets serving five parishes with more than 15,000 people.

He further mentions that Kachungwa parish which has six villages has no toilet at all something that has left the residents with no alternative but to go to the bush. Kimera noted that even Kikene landing site which has more than 300 residents has no toilet and most of them resort to burying the human waste in the sand which has increased water-borne disease

According to Kimera, the town council receives local and international tourists mainly students every day but they find it a challenge to host them without enough toilets. The toilet that was constructed for the workers at the fish parking and loading shelter was submerged and the workers have to find alternatives to ease themselves.

He noted that he took the matter to the district council and which considered rebuilding a public toilet in Kachungwa parish. Kimera says that they expect the Prime minister Robinah Nabbanja to visit Kasensero where thousands of people are expected to attend amid the toilet crisis which may worsen the hygienic conditions in the area.

According to Remegio Ssebuufu, one of the affected residents at Kasensero landing site, although piped water was extended to their community, the majority, who cannot afford to pay 200 shillings per jerrican of water prefer fetching from the lake yet the water near the shores is contaminated.

He explains that contaminated water means even the fish they eat must be contaminated in one way or another. He appealed to the district and local government ministry to intervene and urgently address that matter since Kasensero generates over 3 billion shillings in terms of revenue.

A health worker at Kasensero Health Centre II, says that the number of patients suffering from water-borne diseases has kept on increasing since 2019 and is expected to keep increase in the current rainy season.

source:URN

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