By Gad Masereka
Kampala: The ministry of Lands, Housing and Urban Development on Thursday morning confirmed that Uganda is to join the rest of the world to commemorate the World Habitat day that will be celebrated on Monday 7th October, 2019 at Busia municipality in Busia district.
The director for housing Dave Khayangayanga, who represented the minister of lands, confirmed that the commemoration will be held on Monday under the theme “Frontier Technologies as an Innovative Tool to Transform Waste to Wealth’.
He noted that the guest of honor will be the vice president of Uganda H.E Edward Kiwanuka Ssekandi.
This year’s international celebrations will be hosted in Yaonde in Cameroon.
Among the activities to be undertaken to mark the day include a public rally where all members of public are invited to attend, painting and essay competitions for primary and secondary school children, among others.
The celebrations are also aimed at leaving Busia district clean, putting in place measures on how to improve home structures in the country, and also to convert waste into wealth creation.
He added that the community is to identify innovative ways of converting waste in order to help eradicate the outbreak of epidemics, increasing life expectancy, reducing emission in space among others.
Khayangayanga also revealed that the theme for this year calls upon all leaders in society to put waste management at the Centre of development by creating awareness for behavioral change, promoting innovative approaches such as sorting of solid waste and recycling them, as well as allocating adequate resources to manage the process.