Solid waste collection and garbage management is one of the major services that KCCA provides
Kampala minister, Beti Kamya, has set targets for garbage collection within the city centre and the Greater Kampala Metropolitan Area (Kampala, Wakiso, Mukono and Mpigi), saying that within the next three years, city dwellers, will not be chocking on garbage.
Kamya, who was on Wednesday giving accountability of the implementation of the National Resistance Movement (NRM) manifesto (2016-2021) within the Greater Kampala Metropolitan Area, said the other issue that must be sorted before 2021 is the messy transport system and city street lighting.
“I want to assure you that in the next three years, garbage collection will be sorted. The transport system and street lighting will also be handled. Our work is about service delivery, and services cannot be delivered in darkness,” she said.
According to Patrick Musoke, the Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA) deputy director of strategic management and business development, to accomplish the three year target on garbage disposal, 20 new garbage recycling trucks have been purchased, six more acres of land have been acquired to expand Kiteezi garbage landfill in Wakiso district and 13 acres have been bought in Dundu to build a waste recycling plant to cater for the Greater Kampala Metropolitan Area.
Musoke added that 4,988 street lights, which are needed for the entire city, will also be placed in the city centre, by the end of 2021.
Solid waste collection and garbage management are one of the major services that KCCA provides, and it is estimated that the per capita generation of garbage in the city is one kilogram per day per person.
Kamya described the NRM manifesto as “a Presidential pledge” and “contract with the people” that must be fulfilled before the end of the term in 2021.
“At the end of his term, he is going to go back to the people, and account on how far he and the NRM government have implemented the pledge. Therefore, for us as technical people, it is important to check on how far we have implemented the manifesto,” she said.
The manifesto review conference was conducted by the Manifesto Implementation Unit and the Office of the President.
The head of the Manifesto Implementation Unit, Willis Bashaasha, said the main reason behind the interface with the political leaders within the Greater Kampala Metropolitan Area, including district LC5 chairpersons, Residential District Commissioners, Mayors and Chief Administrative Officers (CAOs), was to assess the implementation trajectory of the manifesto.
“After this interface with the leaders, we are going to arrange field visits in these areas so that we can check the progress and also interface with the people on the implementation of the manifesto within the Greater Kampala Metropolitan Area,” he said.
The Mayor of Nakawa division, Eng. Ronald Balimwezo, welcomed the proposal of field tours by the Manifesto Implementation Unit, saying they will help the team establish what is on the ground rather than depending on conference presentations by technocrats.