By Jackie Nalubwama
In Karamoja, there is a belief held by some that when you
pour ash on your stool, you will run mad. Bearing in mind
such beliefs, NUSAF is trying to demystify them by introducing
the eko-loo at the district water and education offices,
in the hope that it will spread all over town.
|Michael Onono, assistant engineer
who helped construct the eko-san toilet.
Michael Onono, the engineer assistant attached to the water
department in Nakapiripirit Disctrict explained more about
the eko-loo. Built about a metre from the ground, this toilet
has 2 holes, one for urine and the other for stool.
After using the toilet, one is supposed to pour ash down
the hole, to desiccate the wastes, according to Onono. “The
toilets don’t smell because the stool is dry and there
are no flies,’ said Onono.
The happy district water officer, Richard Olok said, “It
is the first of its kind in the district.” He went
on to say, “We have the loo as a demonstration, but
we plan to have at least 2 per sub-county in the 3 busiest
of the 9 sub-counties of Nakapiripirit.” The 3 chosen
sub-counties are: Amudat, Nabilatuk and Namalu.
To Olok, they will start with the sub-counties because
they are busy and the population is high, so sanitation
is quite poor. In addition, Olok said these sub-counties
can afford to maintain the toilets.
Interestingly, when these toilets get filled, the doors
that open the lower chamber, where stool is deposited, are
covered for 6 months; after which the stool is poured out
because then it is not stool but manure.
However, Onono said the people are yet to be sensitised
about using that manure and expects that there will be some
resistance from the populace on using stool-formed manure.
NUSAF has taken the extra step and introduced the eko-loo
in a region not very well-known for being conversant with
bathroom facilities. Probably as time moves along, the stool-filled
grass of this town will get some relief as the populace
takes to building eko-loos.