Family Heads Arrested over Latrines

Six family heads out of 45 that were found without recommended or any pit latrines in Rwamucuucu Sub County, rx Kabale District were this morning arrested after the rest went into hiding.

Those arrested during the early morning operation by the Sub County Health Inspector, Gilbert Ahumuza were detained at Rwamucuucu Police Post.

The operation covered the Villages of Ahamuruka Trading Centre, Hamuko, Kinanira, Butambi and Hakikuuto and lasted several hours.

At Ahamuruka Trading Centre, forty households were found using a single pit latrine and were ordered to construct others immediately.

One of those arrested, Michael Mbumburi was found using a neighboring trench as a latrine together with his entire family.

The operation was filled with drama as men fled their homes in heavy rain after learning that the Inspector was out to arrest them.

Most women blamed their husbands for neglecting domestic duties to spend the whole day and all their money on alcohol.

During the last operation that was conducted in Kinanira and Kangondo Villages in the same Sub County, twenty families were found without proper or any toilets and their heads arrested.


Ahumuza said that the operation was to continue in other Parishes of Rwamucuucu and Kashambya Sub Counties so that all those that didn’t have latrines are arrested and reprimanded.

He added that the limited access to proper latrines in the area was the root cause of the rapid spread of many waterborne diseases especially in the rainy season.

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