Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA) and the Ministry of Education and Sports have intervened in two city schools due to concerns about how they dispose of waste.
Hon. Minsa Kabanda, the Minister of Kampala Capital City and Metropolitan Affairs, stated that officials from both KCCA and the Ministry of Education and Sports conducted an investigative inspection on October 4, 2023. This inspection confirmed that St. Kizito Secondary School and St. Anne’s Preparatory School had been releasing wastewater and sewage into the community.
Kabanda addressed this issue on October 5, 2023, in response to a matter raised by Tororo Woman Representative, Hon. Sarah Opendi. Opendi had requested the ministry to investigate the mentioned schools.
Both schools are situated in Kabowa Parish, Rubaga South in Kampala City.
Kabanda explained, “It was verified that wastewater from the kitchens and surface runoff was directed outside the schools through pipes and channels.”
According to the minister, although both schools had septic tanks and soak pits for sewage, excess rainwater was often released outside the schools, causing inconvenience and harm to neighboring communities.
Kabanda revealed that the two schools had received implementation notices instructing them to immediately halt the discharge of wastewater and solid waste into the water channels. He added, “The schools have been given one week to address this issue.”
Hon. Opendi noted that improper waste disposal was a broader problem that extended beyond the schools. She said, “We found that KCCA also has extensive drainage channels passing through people’s compounds. Some individuals are using these channels to dispose of their waste. Therefore, KCCA needs to take more action to ensure proper waste disposal.”
Hon. Muhammed Nsereko, Kampala Central Member of Parliament, highlighted that the disposal of both solid and non-solid waste had not been adequately addressed in KCCA’s master plan. He stated, “KCCA only has one landfill in Kiteezi, serving a population of over seven million in the city. Regarding non-solid waste, we have open sewers, which result in unpleasant odors. There is much work needed to make Kampala a smarter city.”
Deputy Speaker Thomas Tayebwa urged the Ministry for KCCA to ensure the proper allocation and utilization of funds allocated for infrastructural development. He emphasized, “We have provided KCCA with over Shs3 trillion through ADB; the key challenge is implementation. Minister, please ensure effective implementation. Otherwise, it’s difficult to allocate funds when the ministry isn’t effectively utilizing them.”