TEN HOUSEHOLD HEADS ARRESTED FOR LACK OF LATRINES
By Obed Kithende
KASESE: Authorities in Nyakiyumbu Sub County, Kasese District have arrested ten household heads for lack of latrines in their homes.
This was during an operation that followed a community health assessment by the sub-county authorities in Kyabisoro II, Musyenene I, II and III villages that found out that only 17 of out of 82 households that were assessed had latrines.
Sunday Peter Kakule, the Nyakiyumbu sub county chairperson revealed that the appalling statistics forced the authorities to arrest the 10 household heads with the aim of compelling them to construct the latrines as a way of avoiding the outbreak of cholera and other sanitation related diseases in the area.
Kakule added that during the operation some heads of households without latrines fled and that the authorities have mounted a hunt for them so that they can also be arrested.
He expressed concern that even some households that have the latrines are in poor state adding that they would continue with the assessment in all the villages in the sub county.
Patience Masika, the Community Development Officer for Nyakiyumbu Sub County also revealed that 20 children have also been arrested from the area after they were found in the community during school time.
Masika blamed this on the parents who she said do not value education evidenced by their keeping of the children at home after the new school term opened.
The community development officer also noted that some of the parents in the area who send their children to schools do not provide them with scholastic materials to enable them to learn effectively.