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Letter of the week: The huts were a rip-off

By Vision Reporter

Added 15th March 2008 03:00 AM

I read with amusement on Thursday that a local ‘CHOGM hut’ had cost sh7m. In my village in Namulanda, Iganga, it does not cost more than shs1m to construct a hut. The local materials of mud, (some use cow dung) and bamboo sticks are easily available.

I read with amusement on Thursday that a local ‘CHOGM hut’ had cost sh7m. In my village in Namulanda, Iganga, it does not cost more than shs1m to construct a hut. The local materials of mud, (some use cow dung) and bamboo sticks are easily available.

I read with amusement on Thursday that a local ‘CHOGM hut’ had cost sh7m. In my village in Namulanda, Iganga, it does not cost more than shs1m to construct a hut. The local materials of mud, (some use cow dung) and bamboo sticks are easily available.

One waits for the rainy season and collects water in abundance to mix the mortar.

The roof is made of wild grasses which one gets free of charge. The compound is beautified with local flowers.

mud-made bricks are aligned along the pathway for beauty. I think with sh7m, I would instead have opted to construct a ‘kajansi-brick’ house with Roofings iron sheets and still have a balance to build a mud-hut kitchen outside! So where else could the money have gone?

That was a rip-off! Interior decoration in the hut includes a mosquito net, a kiwempe mattress, one bedsheet, a blanket and a lamp. Accessories come by when needed but not for sh7m. That is close to building a modern house with a garage for a car I might never purchase!

Diana Elondha
Kampala

Letter of the week: The huts were a rip-off

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