NEMA SEEKS TO RESTORE CITY’S CLEANEST STATUS

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National Environment Management Authority is spearheading campaigns to restore the long lost glory of Mbale as the cleanest city in East Africa.
The Executive Director NEMA Dr. Tom Okurut joins other voices to call for mindset change in managing waste as the growth of Mbale takes shape.
This was during the visit by NEMA Board to the new cities in eastern Uganda aimed at guiding on compliance with environment management requirements.

Two years ago, these pictures were taken from one of the roads in the then Mbale Municipality in the Elgon region of eastern Uganda.
Waste was littered and seen almost everywhere. Some people were seen enjoying company of the discarded material.
The situation was similar to that on Mumias road where plastic waste was part of the features.
That is why, when the district hosted world environment day in 2018, messages centered on restoring Mbale’s long lost glory of being the cleanest city.
Mary Gorret Kitutu [Former Environment Minister]
Two years later, nothing much has changed in terms of waste management as lamentations continue.
Whereas some roads are clean and well maintained, some are not.
The question is; what went wrong?

The loss of this glory is said to have slowly started forty years ago when Asians were expelled from Uganda.
Ugandans who took over were said to be unfamiliar with management of urban centers.
And since then, life has never been the same in Mbale especially in terms of waste management.

Unfortunately, this uncleanness has extended to other vital installations of this area.
The recently established Industrial Park is one of the victims of the stinking River Nabiso.
The smell originates from waste disposed from a Local brewery in Nabiso Sub County.

The worst bit is that the stink has scared potential investors.
This has increasingly kept the proprietors worried.

Not all hope however is lost. National Environment Management Authority has weighed in to find a lasting remedy.
Dr Tom Okurut is the Executive Director.

This assurance is part of NEMA’s quest for economically and ecologically sustainable cities in Uganda.

Key among the environment management aspects to consider in the new Mbale city are; Land use, physical planning and Solid waste management.

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