Soroti. Residents of Soroti municipality have expressed concern over the authorities’ failure to timely collect garbage for the last two months.
Heaps of garbage are piled up in various locations of the town, notably Soroti Bus Park, Soroti Main Market, Nakatunya and Agip markets.
The residents said the uncollected garbage emits a terrible stench and when it rains, it is carried by running water and blocks drainage channels.
The blacksmiths operating in Soroti Bus Park said they have been operating from a filthy environment for the last two months.
“We are paying a lot of money to municipal council but they are subjecting us to staying in a dirty environment,” Mr Karim Mutaza, the leader of the blacksmiths told Daily Monitor on Sunday.
Mr Joseph Okello Eingu, a trader on Engwau Road, at the weekend dumped his rain-soaked property in the middle of the road, claiming running water had invaded his shop as a result of blocked drainage channels.
The protest attracted the attention of area MP Mike Mukula and the Resident District Commissioner, Mr William Komakech.
They promised to task the mayor, Mr Alfred Martin Aruo, to explain the poor sanitation.
Mr Aruo later arrived and supervised the cleaning of the road.
Capt Mukula blamed the mayor, who is also the chairman of the municipal waste solid management committee, for not bothering to ensure cleanliness, leaving the town dirty.
When contacted, Mr Aruo promised to call Daily Monitor for a response which he had not done by press time.
The town clerk could not be reached as he was said to be out of office.
However, the municipal engineer, Mr Alex Oryekot, said: “This week, we shall repair these vehicles and all the garbage shall be collected immediately the vehicles are ready.”