The start of the New Year has brought a positive change for the residents of Kampala as the City gets a boost of 45 free state-of-the-art public toilets.
On Friday, the Executive Director of KCCA, Dorothy Kisaka, led a technical inspection of the sites to assess progress of the ongoing construction works.
Kisaka visited construction sites at Kiswa market, Namuwongo market, and City Square. The visited sites and other six toilets in various schools have been completed and will be launched soon.
These toilets constructed in partnership with Kampala-Lake Victoria Sanitation Project (K-LVWATSAN), are aimed at enhancing sanitation and relieving pressure on existing facilities.
“These new toilets are constructed differently from the usual ones. Our goal is to ensure we build a hygienic city with facilities that guarantee good sanitation,” stated Kisaka during her tour. The K-LVWATSAN project has received support from partners such as CWIS and UBL.
The multi-story design of these toilets includes upper floors capable of accommodating businesses, such as restaurants and cafeterias. The lower floor will have bathrooms and toilets. Kisaka emphasized the importance of increasing the stock of these facilities to meet the growing demand, especially in the CBD where approximately 20 toilets are expected.
The strategically placed toilets will serve markets, schools, police barracks, and the central business district (CBD).
KCCA has been proactive in its efforts to enhance sanitation in the city. Under the Sanitation for Millions project, 45 inclusive, gender-friendly, and climate-resilient toilet stances have been constructed, along with an additional 53 toilets under the City-Wide Inclusive Sanitation (CWIS) program.
Furthermore, the Weyonje Subsidy program, initiated by KCCA, has witnessed remarkable success with over 3,500 households improving the quality of their toilets. This program has also significantly enhanced fecal sludge management in the city.
These projects are implemented under the Smart City initiative, spearheaded by KCCA, focusing on Technology, Infrastructure and People well-being. This comprehensive approach aligns with KCCA’s commitment to providing a healthier and more sustainable urban environment.