In Summary

Clean Kampala. A similar number of people have also faced charges over walking in the green in the city.

City Hall Court has charged and remanded eight traders to Luzira prison for littering waste in a public place in Nakawa, a city suburb.
The suspects appeared on Friday before the Grade Two Magistrate Charles Opio.

Prosecution told court that the eight that included Kenneth Kaliisa, Sam Muwanguzi, William Kato, Robert Kalanzi, Henry Mutebi, Jimmy Sserugo, Arrone Kasumba and Ben Wandera were found littering waste after selling fresh bananas in Nakawa Market.

The suspects, who denied the charges, were remanded until this Friday when their case will come up for hearing. They were charged under the Solid Waste Ordinance 2000.

At least 100 people have been arrested and charged in court in the last six months over offences of waste management.

The development is part of the city authority’s drive to rid the city of garbage. Nakawa Market is one of the places that has benefitted from the Keep Kampala Clean campaigns.

The exercise, introduced recently, is carried out every last Saturday of the month. A similar campaign has also seen the same number of people arrested and fined for walking in the green (grass) areas of the city.

The fine ranges between Shs20,000 and Shs40,000. Others are sentenced to community work within the city. One of the biggest challenges for Kampala residents is garbage disposal with no clearly designated places to dispose rubbish.

The only official dumping site for KCCA is in Kiteezi in Mpererwe, outside the city. The rest, much as they are routinely cleared by the city authority, are illegal.

Despite several inscriptions warning against dumping rubbish, people still litter the city.