National Water and Sewerage Corporation (NWSC) together with Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA) and other partners like Water for People, GIZ, Samaritan’s Purse and Amref Health have commenced a program to construct 2 public toilets per parish in the Kampala Metropolitan Area.
Addressing the media yesterday at Uganda Media Centre, Hon Betty Amongi, the Minister for Kampala and Metropolitan Affairs revealed that this is so because in some areas, people are unable to afford toilet construction.
A total of 50 toilets will be constructed in different public places like taxi and bus parks, markets among other key places.
“We should note that in some of these areas, even affording construction of a public toilet is difficult for some of the communities. So we are going to construct 2 public toilets per parish,” said Amongi.
“We have already commenced construction of 7 model public toilets, starting this month in selected parishes in the 5 divisions. We are in the final stages of showing sites to the service providers. Procurement has been concluded for 40 toilets to be constructed. 10 toilets are under procurement and we are going to put them in areas like taxi parks, markets and public zone areas like the constitutional square,” she added.
Amongi also noted that due to the effects of Covid-19, many people especially in the slums have failed to meet the costs of emptying their toilets so this initiative is timely.
“The market price for emptying one toilet is about Shs 100,000 for a 4,000 litre toilet,” she highlighted.
Hon Bena Namugwanya, the State Minister in charge of Kampala Capital City Authority said, “We are going to help people with emptying; as they will pay a lower amount. In Kawempe division, we shall do so in 10 zones; 3 zones in Nakawa, 9 in Rubaga, 10 in Makindye, and 7 zones in the central division.”
She said that this will be spearheaded by KCCA on December 14, 2020, to help communities who can’t afford emptying toilets.
“If a person has been paying Shs 100,000 for emptying, they will now pay Shs 75,000 instead,” she added.