ADJUMANI. The Adjumani district chairman Mr James Leku has directed the local council (LC) I and II chairpersons to take action against people without toilets in their area.

He among other things, asked LCs to intensify on enforcement and confiscate household property of people who have defied the campaign against open defecation free (ODF).

The chairman issued the directive during a community led total sanitation (CLTS) stakeholders’ meeting at the district council hall on Tuesday.

“You should start confiscating property and domestic animals like goats and use them to facilitate village members to dig toilets for people who don’t have them but this should be done in the most transparent manner”, Leku directed.

He added: “When you do it with the full knowledge of every member, make sure you don’t sale the items and pocket the money for yourself.”

Adjumani district has been supported by UNICEF to implement a district-wide CLTS in a bid to achieve ODF status by December 31, 2019 but the district failed to achieve the target due to heavy rain fall and negligence by some community members.

Mr Godfrey MangaMr Godfrey Manga inspecting one of the latrines in Ofua sub county together with a team of officials from UNICEF last year.

Mr Godfrey Manga, the assistant district health officer in charge of environmental health confirmed that the heavy rains affected the implementation of ODF strategy.

Manga, however, revealed that whereas most of the villages have attained ODF status, they have not been confirmed by the technical team from Arua in the final assessment.

At the end of the meeting, the various stakeholders including LCs and village health team members unanimously agreed to work hard for Adjumani district to achieve the ODF status by the end of February 2020.

Mr Paul Semakula, the WASH specialist under UNICEF said they are committed to supporting the district to attain 100 per cent ODF status.

UNICEF has injected close to shs200m in Adjumani district for achieving ODF status through CLTS strategy.

Dr George Bhoka, the Adjumani district health officer appealed to the village and parish leaders to come up with action points that are target oriented so that the ODF strategy can be achieved in the district.

He said there is an urgent need for developing a comprehensive plan that will address key health issues and urged the implementing partners to come on board.