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Road 443 book
This chapter explores the Kampala's sanitary regime of the capital city of Uganda. It discusses the ways in which shit matters by exploring how sanitation infrastructures work, how they are understood, and how they are performed. The chapter focuses on the sanitary contestations that are apparent within the city's wetlands along the Nakivubo Channel, by looking at the debates and controversies over toileting provision that are being waged in the informal settlement of Namuwongo, where approximately 12,000 people share access to eighteen toilet stalls. It talks about the inspiration drawn from postcolonial urban critiques and discussants of the right to the city to argue that sanitation projects in Kampala are entrenched within hierarchies of power and privilege that conceal and legitimize urban inequalities. The chapter describes the use of flying toilets in Namuwongo. It analyzes some of the effects of the marginalization, and details how some of the area's residents cope with the inadequate sanitation.