By E. K Benj – Kampala Uganda
The United Nations General Assembly designated the 31st of October as World Cities Day, by its resolution 68/239. The Day has been marked by world major cities with main celebrations in Nakuru, Kenya. Expectations are to greatly promote the international community’s interest in global urbanization, push forward cooperation among countries in meeting opportunities and addressing challenges of urbanization, and contributing to sustainable urban development around the world.
Kampala Capital City Authority- KCCA Executive Director Dorothy Kisaka has been joined by local leaders in Lubaga South to clean several villages. Addressing local leaders at the Local Concil office in Kabawo zone, Kisaka has noted that keeping our city clean is an an aspect we can achieve if we work together. One way of valuing our Communities is by keeping our Communities clean. “This requires a deliberate effort from all of us, to clean our neighbourhood, drainages, our roads and homes.” Added Kisaka.
This is the second time KCCA is observing the Weyonje Campaign following its launch on the 19th September 2020.
Over the past 90 days as the Executive Director of KCCA, Kisaka has visited all the 5 Urban Divisions and met with all the Political leaders and Technical Teams. In all these engagements, Garbage collection and disposal has been highlighted as one of the major challenges facing the City.
She also visited Kiteezi land fill and the 135 acres of land procured in Ddundu, Mukono were a modern Solid waste management and treatment plant is going to be constructed.
Whereas there are plans to address the garbage situation in the medium and long time there are issues which need to be addressed now; Kisaka strongly pointed.
She says Kampala produces a total of 2,000 tons of garbage a day and only 60% is collected and disposed of at Kiteezi. This leaves 40% of the garbage to be dumped in drainages which leads to flooding and diseases. On the other hand, KCCA has only 15 trucks which are totally inadequate to collect all the garbage in the City. “We need 90 trucks if we are to effectively collect all the garbage from the 99 Parishes in Kampala.
I wish to pledge that we are going to intentionally address this issue and ensure that this situation is improved upon.” Kisaka emphasised.
In the meantime, under the Weyonje Clean-up campaign KCCA wants to promote a culture of cleanliness by encouraging Communities clean up their residence and work places.
Encourage proper disposal of garbage, thereby reducing pollution, and improving environmental quality.
Reducing flooding that is caused by clogged drainage systems. Reducing public health risks including diseases and epidemics as well as encourage sorting of garbage which will result into increases in household incomes and ease the garbage recycling process.
On the 29th of September 2020, KCCA launched the Kampala Capital City Strategic Plan and Kisaka puts two specific themes under her concern over the next five years.
These she says include; KCCA Governance and Citizens Engagement.
“We shall pursue a participatory approach with all stakeholders to nurture the stunning beauty of Kampala City. The staff cannot do it alone. Everyone ought to participate in beautifying his or her neighborhood. It is imperative that we work together to create a City environment that everyone will be proud of. We are going to intentionally promote Citizens engagements so that everyone can be heard and no one is left behind” Kisaka said.
Kisaka also has keen interest in the quality of Life of the people of Kampala. She says KCCA intends to take deliberate efforts to address the health and environmental needs within the City and this includes improving the collection, transportation, recycling and disposal of all our waste.
Kisaka appreciated KCCA staff, Former Buganda Government Minister and the mayor of Lubaga Owek Joyce Nabbosa Ssebugwawo, Uganda Red Cross, AMREF and other civil societies we go have joined today’s activities.
“I wish to reiterate that Covid-19 is real and I encourage everyone to adhere to the recommended Covid-19 SOPs as guided by Ministry of Health which include: maintaining social distance, regular washing of hands/sanitizing and wearing a face mask when in public places.
I argue all residents of Kampala City to take responsibility of the waste we generate and start on a process of sorting waste starting at our homes and work places” Kisaka said.
She also called upon all City residents, visitors business to always remember to participate in the Kampala Weyonje Clean-up Campaign that is marked every last Saturday of the month. “For an hour or two to please stop whatever they are doing, and clean their surroundings.” Kisaka appealed.
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Staff at KCCA have said Kisaka is pursuing a mantra and method of work which says ‘lead from the front and lead by example’. Collection of garbage must be done by all
The LC chairman of the area reported to Kisaka the challenges that Lubaga is going through including expensive Garbage collection fee at UGX 5000/= per kilogram, poor drainage system among others.
National Water & Sewage Cooperation Managing Director during this activity also launched new water connection for the residents to access water for domestic consumption.
Kisaka has been seen collecting garbage using a spade, put it on a wheelbarrow and carried it to a truck an act of servant leadership a source told HICGI News Agency.
The impact of COVID-19 has re-shaped urban life around the world. Local communities have played a key role in contributing to keeping people safe and maintaining some economic activities.
Community value encompasses local volunteering and people organizing in their own neighbourhoods as well as social movements that challenge poverty, systemic discrimination and racism. In informal settlements and slums in particular, communities are making a significant contribution while individual households in urban areas are providing an enabling environment for work and study in the home.
UN-Habitat’s latest World Cities Report reinforces the benefits of cities that engage all stakeholders, including local communities to foster sustainable cities. The Secretary-General has identified cities and communities as being on the frontline of the COVID-19 response. Collectively, we can truly foster sustainable cities for all.
Community activities can no longer be taken for granted or under-resourced. Policy makers and urban managers need to engage communities systematically and strategically in urban planning, implementation and monitoring to co-create the cities of the future.
The recognition of communities’ value must be maintained beyond the virus outbreak. In the transition to a new sustainable urban normality, local communities must play an expanded role supporting government stimulus packages for employment creation, delivery of essential services, ensuring a green-economic transformation, the provision of adequate shelter and public space and reestablishment of local value chains.
Urbanization provides the potential for new forms of social inclusion, including greater equality, access to services and new opportunities, and engagement and mobilization that reflects the diversity of cities, countries and the globe. Yet too often this is not the shape of urban development. Inequality and exclusion abound, often at rates greater than the national average, at the expense of sustainable development that delivers for all.
Urban October was launched by UN-Habitat in 2014 to emphasize the world’s urban challenges and engage the international community towards the New Urban Agenda.
Sustainable Development Goal 11, which formulates the ambition to make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable – underlying the relevance of UN-Habitat’s mission. Inequalities in cities have grown since 1980. The world largest cities are also often the most unequal, and this year’s theme is embraced by the action and implementation of the New Urban Agenda, which is putting the topic of inclusive cities as one of the main pillars for the urban shift.
In October 2016, the HABITAT III Conference, held in Quito, adopted a new framework, which will set the world on a course towards sustainable urban development by rethinking how cities are planned, managed and inhabited. The New Urban Agenda will set the pace on how to deal with the challenges of urbanization in the next two decades, and is seen as an extension of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, agreed on by the 193 Member States of the UN in September 2015.