City authority lists slums polluting Lake Victoria

Kampala-Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA) has listed 42 slums within Kampala City which are churning out tonnes of garbage directly into Lake Victoria, hence polluting the water body.

The list, which was made in conjunction with the National Water and Sewerage Corporation (NWSC) last week, shows that the impact of the slums, which have expanded over the years, has resulted in massive pollution of Lake Victoria and the water channels draining into it.

In an interview, Mr Johnson Amayo, the NWSC chief manager in -charge of planning and capital development, said the corporation has been forced to double the amount of chemical it uses to treat water at Murchison Bay as well as treat all the garbage in Nakivubo channel because of the amount of solid waste entering the lake.

He said within the three months since the commissioning of Lubigi sewerage works, the amount of sewage city residents are depositing to the plant has outstripped its capacity.

“The plant was meant to process 400,000 cubic litres of sludge per day but we are receiving 600,000 cubic litres a day. We have been forced to divert the excess to Bugolobi treatment site,” he said.

Mr Amayo added that the city is supposed to have three other sewerage treatment sites in Kinawataka, Nalukolongo and Lubigi to handle the sanitation for 42 slums that KCCA has identified which are currently draining sewage directly into Lake Victoria.

Mr Peter Kauju, the KCCA spokesperson, said the city authority is working on a programme with the Ministry of Lands to establish a low cost housing projects to address the issue of the slums.

THE LISTED SLUMS

Bwaise II, Kawempe I, Kazo, Makerere II, Katwe I, Kibuli, Nsambya Central, Wabigalo, Banda, Bukoto I, Kasubi, Nakulabye, Kamwokya II, Mbuya I, Bwaise I, Bwaise III, Kanyanya, Kawempe II, Kiswa, Komamboga, Lungujja, Mulago II, Mulago III, Ndeeba, Makerere III, Kisenyi I, Kisenyi II, Kisenyi III, Kibuye I, Kibuye II, Kibuye III, Butabika, Kansanga, Kabalagala, Busega, Kyebando, Bukasa,Ggaba, Kagugube, Kabowa and Kasubi

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SOURCE: Daily Monitor

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