Trivial and Daft Thoughts, Outrageous Escapades and Sometimes Serious Content As Appears In My Sunday Vision Column.
Saturday, April 7, 2018
Its 'Perfectly Acceptable' To Dump Your Rubbish On Kampala's Streets
Greg is a friend I have known
since 2007, when he came to Uganda from South Africa to take up the position of
General Manager at Munyonyo Commonwealth Resort. As an expatriate, Greg perceptibly
glided in with expatriate philosophies and top on his list, was that of cleanliness.
Greg doesn’t like litter and abhors folk who litter.
Greg Petzer In Forefront
he strolled the grounds of the resort and came across litter – be it a crumpled-up
bit of paper, sweet wrappers or cigarette butts, he would stop, pick them up
and duly deposit them in the nearest dustbin.
pause a tad while I usher in Akhilesh, who I have known much longer than Greg
and who is the amiable Deputy General Manager at Speke Resort Munyonyo. During
the build-up to CHOGM in 2007, Akhilesh and I would retreat to the balconies of
the apartments above the Viking Bar to rest our legs and have a breather.
our vantage point that gave an almost panoramic view of the resort, we would
look down and spy Greg doing his rounds which of course, included him picking up
whatever litter he came across. As he walked past Viking bar, from our balcony,
we would litter – drop crumpled paper and sure enough, Greg would stop, pick it
up and put it in the bin. If there was no bin, it would go into his pocket to
be off-loaded at a later stage.
his way back from his rounds, yet again he would find more crumpled paper and without
disinclination, would stop, pick it up and get rid of it. It took him weeks to
realise that Akhilesh and I were playing games with him and I don’t think he
found it amusing.
needs people like Greg. The way Ugandans see Uganda, is that of one huge
dustbin where rubbish can be discarded anywhere and with not a care in the
world. There is an old lady – employed by KCCA, who at 6:00am, is on the
streets of Industrial Area between Mantrac and Gapco toiling away to rid the
area of rubbish. It’s a backbreaking job she does daily in between inhaling
dust and exhaust fumes from the line of tankers waiting to offload fuel and
while she toils, most passing motorists never notice her.
stretch of road becomes a litters nirvana especially in the early hours of the
morning for those dropping off kids at school. It’s a mutedly lit street that affords
the perfect cover for getting rid of rubbish without attracting attention.
one thing tossing out the odd bit of chewing gum paper or cigarette butt from
your car, but honestly, there are people who go beyond ‘reasonable littering’ –
if at all reasonable littering is acceptable. Some go as far as hurling plastic
bags of rubbish. Others empty out rubbish from a plastic bag but bizarrely enough,
go to great lengths to retain the plastic bag – I presume for use the following
area at the junctions of Nile Avenue and Coville Street, look like a bomb site
most mornings because of a makeshift bar that props up during the night to
cater for Prostitute, Client and Boda
Man operating in the area. The makeshift bar comes with a bench and is stocked
with cut price drinks.
The Morning After At The Junction of Coville Street and Nile Avenue
so KCCA have a huge green plastic bin positioned less than 50-yards from the
‘bar’ but, the use of the bin is not known to the patrons of the bar – probably
because they know KCCA Road Sweeper will show up every morning to do the
needful – that of sweeping up the empty plastic waragi bottles, Bond 7 tot packs and condom wrappers that they shamelessly
left behind without thought for the rest of us who don’t litter, to wade
I expect some people would have taken the title to this ramble - Its 'Perfectly Acceptable' To Dump Your Rubbish On Kampala's Streets literally. So for the record, it is NOT!