Ugandans refuse to use public toilets because they are fitted with CCTV cameras

Nii Ntreh October 31, 2019
A public toilet. Photo Credit:

A matter of inconvenience has arisen in the eastern Ugandan town of Tororo where a World Bank-funded public restroom at a bus park has been fitted with surveillance cameras. As a result, the townspeople have refused to utilise the facility owing to the lack of privacy they feel over being watched.

But the BBC reports that the clerk of Tororo, Paul Omoko, has moved to quash fears, saying the cameras are only outside at the entrance of the facility.

Omoko added that there was the need to do so because “terrorists like planting their bombs in public toilets”.

Furthering the clerk’s point, District Commissioner Nickson Owole believes that the opponents of the surveillance cameras have a “hidden agenda”.

The restroom was built as part of the World Bank’s Uganda Municipal Support Infrastructure Development Project.

In 2016, the Ugandan Bureau of Statistics (UBOS) released a report stating that about two million Ugandans do not have access to toilets. That represents 8% of the country’s population.

Last Edited by:Victor Ativie Updated: September 30, 2020


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