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Ghana – Zoomlion Calls For Sanitation Court

The Accra Zonal Supervisor of Zoomlion Ghana Limited, Mr Robert Coleman, has urged the government to, as a matter of urgency, create a special court to prosecute people who disobey sanitation regulations.

That, he observed, would go a long way to help the country to resolve the increasing sanitation menace.

“If the government endorsed the creation of the motor courts to address issues of road safety, then it is also imperative that special sanitation courts are created to instil sanitation consciousness among the people, ”he contended.

Mr Coleman made the call in an interview with the Daily Graphic during a clean-up and beautification campaign organised by zoomlion in some parts of Accra.

“This clean-up exercise is very important, because given the historic nature of this year’s presidential and parliamentary elections, delegates from other African countries and the European Union, including Ghanaians from the Diaspora as well as the international community will be in Ghana to witness the elections,” he stated, adding that there was the need to beautify the capital, particularly in view of the coming Christmas festivities.

Mr Coleman said the Zoomlion thought it wise, as they did during the Ghana @ 50 celebrations and the CAN 2008 tournament, to clean up and also beautify the national and regional capitals by painting pavement walls along major ceremonial roads.

The campaign, dubbed: “Peace Clean-up” was in collaboration with Krafty Hospitality, a non-governmental organisation (NGO), in conjunction with the Accra Metropolitan Assembly (AMA), some market women associations, members of selected churches and the office of the National Chief Imam.

Some of the major roads to be beautified, include roads from Shiashie to the Airport Junction, 37 Military Hospital, through to the Ako Adjei Interchange to the Kwame Nkrumah Danquah Circle.

Mr Coleman urged the government to liaise with the appropriate authorities to outline a comprehensive sanitation policy to ensure that sanitation laws were enforced, and that must include the reintroduction of the “Saman Saman” (sanitation inspection task force).

Source – Graphic Online

India, Tamil Nadu: Manual scavenging continues in State: SKA

Murugamma and Thirupalamma leave their homes early morning to clean human excreta. They are safai karamcharis, who are permanent employees of the Chennai Corporation and perform this daily chore at the dry latrines in Gandhi Nagar, Pallavan Salai, near General Hospital.

Inspite of earning Rs 6,000 per month, they are still looked down upon and treated as untouchables. For them, the international year of sanitation does not make much difference.

The Safai Karamchari Aandolan (SKA), in its survey of 19 districts, identified 171 manual scavengers in Tamil Nadu [excluding] unofficial manual scavengers. {…] Bezwada Wilson, national convener of SKA, said that not a single person had been prosecuted for violating the Employment of Manual Scavengers and Construction of Dry Latrines (Prohibition) Act, 1993 by the State.

Source: Nalini Ravichandran, Express Buzz, 23 Oct 2008

Uganda: 11 million lack latrines

Speaking at the opening of a two-day sanitation workshop at Mt. Elgon Hotel in Mbale town,  state minister for water, Jennifer Namuyangu, urged the public to practice hygiene and proper sanitation in order to control diseases.

According to the health ministry statistics, about 11.2 million people in the country do not have latrines.

Namuyangu said safe water and sanitation issues are not only about disease prevention, but also human dignity. “Easing yourself in the bushes could lead to contracting diseases and even sexual harassment,” she warned.


The Mbale district chairman, Bernard Mujasi, said enforcing sanitation laws in homes had not succeded because the village leaders were preferred to the district leaders. Mujasi said in the 1960s and 70s, latrine coverage in the country was over 90% because chiefs had powers to enforce sanitation laws in the communities, unlike today where LC officials just watch the bad situation because they fear to lose their positions during elections.

Source: Joseph Wanzusi, New Vision, 25 Sep 2008

India, Chhattisgarh: flushed out for failing to flush

Officials in the central Indian state of Chhattisgarh are being removed from their elected seats for not constructing flushing toilets.

Bilaspur district administration says it has sacked about 100 members for not building toilets in their homes.

Many people in India do not have access to flush toilets or other latrines.

But under new local laws, representatives are obliged to construct a flush toilet within a year of being elected.

Those who fail to do so face dismissal.

Read more: Faisal Mohammad Ali, BBC News, 18 Sep 2008

Uganda: School Head Jailed Over Lack of Latrine

SEVEN people, including a headmaster, will spend six months in jail for lacking latrines at home.


The prosecutor, Patrick Tigawalana, told court that lack of latrines was likely to lead to an outbreak of cholera in the district. Francis Kyakulaga, the district health inspector, ordered the swoop in which 30 people, 23 of whom are yet to appear in court, were arrested.


However, many residents attributed the low latrine coverage to sandy soils. Aggrey Basooma said the it required one to construct latrines with bricks over 30 feet below the ground, a very expensive venture that many could not afford.

See also: Florence Nakaayi, Uganda: Man Arrested Over Lack of Latrine, New Vision (Kampala) / allAfrica.com, 10 Aug 2008

Source: George Bita, New Vision (Kampala) / allAfrica.com, 22 July 2008

Ghana – Pan latrines outlawed in Accra

The ages-old practice of carrying human excreta in pans has been outlawed in Accra with effect from July 8, 2008.

A Supreme Court ruling on Wednesday banned the use of pan latrines and ordered the Accra Metropolitan Assembly to phase out the use of pan latrines completely by 2010 and arrest and prosecute people who engage the use of ‘night carriers’ in their homes.

In a ruling described as landmark, one of the presiding judges Justice Sophia Akuffo could not help but shower praises unto the plaintiff, Nana Ampofo Adjei a private legal practitioner saying “history shall be grateful to you”

The ruling further ordered the defendant the AMA who was represented by the Attorney General, Joe Ghartey to build 500 KVIPS across the capital for public use, and financially assist people with latrines to convert into water closet.

More – Ghana News