Public Cemetery turned into Dumping Site

Kabale municipal council is under fire from Civil Society Organizations for dumping waste in the public cemetery. The municipal cemetery is located in Mwanjari along the Kabale –Katuna road. Civil societies including Let us save Uganda, an environmental organization, Kigezi Human Rights foundation and National youth platform accuse the municipality of turning the public cemetery into waste dumping ground. They have tasked the municipality to immediately remove the garbage dumped there and relocate it to the dumping site in Kirengyere along the Kabale-Mbarara road.

Simon Byamukama, the team leader at let us save Uganda says the decision by the municipality to dump waste in the public cemetery is a huge mistake. He says the cemetery, which is located along the highway connecting Uganda to Rwanda and Burundi, will be a sour view for visitors. He also asks the municipality to be considerate about the lives of residents neighboring the cemetery. Eguma Donantus, the Director Kigezi Human Rights foundation wants the municipal authorities to offer a public apology to residents for behaving in such a manner, yet they are charged with planning for the area.

Adrine Asiimwe, a member of the National youth platform cautions the municipal authorities to stop playing on the minds of residents and do what is expected on them. She argues that several institutions such as Kabale University, Kabale Trinity College, Mwanjari Market, Kigezi pride Bakery and Ndorwa secondary school are likely to be affected by the decision of the municipality to dump waste in the cemetery. Andrew Baija, the Kabale Municipal health inspector says they temporally resorted to dumping waste in the cemetery after their truck broke down last month.

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