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The new face of Kiteezi

By Vision Reporter

Added 10th September 2010 03:00 AM

BUYING land in and around Kampala is an expensive venture as the demand for land is high. The high prices have not stopped people from spending millions of shillings for a plot of land in the city.

BUYING land in and around Kampala is an expensive venture as the demand for land is high. The high prices have not stopped people from spending millions of shillings for a plot of land in the city.

BY TITUS KAKEMBO

BUYING land in and around Kampala is an expensive venture as the demand for land is high. The high prices have not stopped people from spending millions of shillings for a plot of land in the city.

Some people have opted to acquire land in Kiteezi: a designated garbage-dumping site located off Gayaza Road in Kampala. The area was designated as a dumping site in 1996.

Mud and wattle with wooden door structures are slowly being replaced by modern structures with tile roofs. Walled fences are fast replacing the camaraderie attitude of the pioneer residents who are slowly but steadily being forced to sell off their property at between sh10m and sh20m for a 50X100 piece of land. Electric poles, solar plates and tap water have been connected to serve the area.

A few ago, a piece of land measuring 50X100 cost about sh5m. However, the same size of land in this region will now cost over sh20m.

Like other recent settlers, one engineer, Ronnie Kyobe, laments about the repugnant smell from the valley in the neighbourhood which is filled with garbage dumped there by Kampala City Council (KCC).

Environmentalists in Uganda have called upon KCC to urgently find solutions to the Kiteezi garbage dumping site which they say is causing severe environmental hazards to the residents. Dr. Dan Kyamanywa, a lecturer at Makerere University Department of Environmental Studies, who recently led a team of environmentalists on a tour of the Kiteezi site says KCC has not properly managed the garbage it dumps at Kiteezi.

All the garbage collected in Kampala district is deposited at Kiteezi site, where KCC is supposed to handle the garbage by sorting it in its different forms for proper disposal and use. Most of this garbage can be turned into manure.

Dr. Kyamanywa says apart from the terrible stench, the garbage at the site is generating a lot of heat, which greatly affects the residents.

He says if the issue of the stench that fills the air and the amount of chemicals, minerals and plastic waste dumped in this area is not addressed the garbage site will become one of the leading environmental dangers in the country.

There are Kiteezi residents who have amassed huge fortunes from the deplored garbage. In most residences, there is a collection point with a weighing scale separating plastics, metals, fruit peelings for piggery and a variety of items

The new face of Kiteezi

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