BY WALTER KUMIRA
GULU CITY: SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 18, 2021
The Gulu City has received four new trucks to help the council improve the management of garbage and improve sanitation.
The trucks Registration numbers UBK 565M, UBK 575M, UBK 557M, and UBK 552M amounting to sh1.8b we acquired under the Integrated Program to Improve the Living Conditions in Gulu City with funding support from the German Corporation implemented by KFW.
Alfred Okwonga, the Mayor of Gulu City, said the four trucks will be given to the two divisions with each getting two and their roles is to fuel and make timely and regular collections of the garbage choking the city.
The Gulu City clerk will take care of the maintenance and operational costs.
Okwonga explained that they will also station a total of 58 Garbage Skips which were earlier on donated by the same company within the various streets of the city to help collect garbage.
Anthony Kilama, the Chairperson of Cereleno market in Bar-Dege Layibi division, one of the dirtiest markets in Gulu city, said the equipment look good but he fears late release of funds to fuel the trucks may affect the timely and regular collections of garbage.
Margerate Ocen, the chairperson of Wilobo Market in Pece Laroo division, welcomed the development even though she said the implementation may be dogged by challenges.
For Vicky Ayot, the chairperson of Kabedopong Market in Bar-Dege Layibi division, the new acquisition will improve the garbage collection and removal and help to eliminate mountains of garbage choking the city.
Ayot however, requested the division authority to go and collect garbage in her market which has stayed for close to three months without being collected which is posing health risk to her vendors.
An official from the Gulu City Health Department disclosed that over 130 tons of garbage is generated daily from the markets against 40 tons being collected per day due to inadequate Skip Loaders and breakdown of the two available skip loaders.
The Germany Corporation has also supported the city with Tractor, Wheel loader, Grader, and also Constructed Sanitary Facilities in Primary schools and markets while a Garbage Landfill Site construction is underway.