Uganda Communications Commission (UCC) has today joined Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA) and National Environment Management Authority (NEMA) to clean up Nakawa market as part of Commemoration of the World Environment Day.
The UCC employees and KCCA cleaners endured the Tuesday morning downpour and moved around Nakawa market, located on Jinja road, sweeping and collecting garbage with special emphasis on separating plastics and polythene bags from the decomposed rubbish.
Speaking shortly after the cleaning at a small function that was held in the middle of the market, Pamela Akunda, the UCC Public Relations Officer said this was done as part of corporate social responsibility, as UCC celebrates 20 years of success.
“We are today in Nakawa market to help the KCCA cleaners and NEMA in cleaning up the market but also creating awareness on environmental degradation. Our emphasis is creating awareness on dangers of electronic- waste which is in line with today’s Environment Day theme of ‘Beating Plastic Pollution,” Ankunda said.
Dickson kwesiga, an Engineer with UCC who is also a supervisor of the recycling plan that government is putting up in Wakuku Bugolobi, said UCC together with government was putting emphasis on the dangers of non-decomposing wastes like plastics and polythene bags, and advised the traders to always separate them from the decomposing rubbish that can be used as manure.
Angella Nshimye, the KCCA Officer in charge of solid waste, Nakawa division said, KCCA was putting in place a new strategy to deal with plastic waste by turning them into a source of income through recycling.
“In a few months, our recycling plan in Wakuku will be functional and plastic waste will no longer be a problem. Actually it is going to become a source of income. We are going to put up plastic collection centers around Kampala with a main one in Butabika, where anyone can take plastics and be paid for it.” Nshimye said.
She further thanked UCC for giving a helping hand to KCCA and urged them to continue working with them even in other market and projects.
The chairman of Nakawa Market, Okui Charles also praised UCC employees for leaving their comfortable offices and taking time off to help in cleaning and being exemplary to other corporate companies and the traders in Nakawa market.
Okui further announced that his team was putting up a new monthly program where all traders will clean the market once a month as a way of raising the standard of the market and attracting more customers.
“Right now, we are not where we used to be, but we are not where we want to be yet. Every month as a must, and each market vendor will have to clean their workplace. If the market is clean, even corporate buyers who have been running to supermarkets will start coming here and you are going to see an increase in sales” okui said.
UCC also handed over cleaning materials including five wheel barrows, hoes, spades, cleaning gloves and rakes to the Nakawa Market authorities so that they can be used on the daily basis to keep the market clean.