At least 100 Ugandans have been arrested by local authorities for failing to build toilets in their homes.

Northwestern Bulisa district administrator Norbert Turyahikayo said, “We cannot watch as people die (of cholera).” Cholera epidemics that spread by poor sanitation has killed 8 people and infected 164 in Uganda.

However, police spokesman Hassan Kasinje said that homes without proper toilets are forbidden in Uganda, but it is not an offence. He said, “It is illegal … but it is not an arrestable offence. Whoever arrested them is wrong. A health officer is supposed to instruct them to build or they can be cautioned.”

This is not the first time Ugandans were arrested for not having toilets at homes, 70 Ugandans in the east were seized for the same offence in September.