This is part of the Integrated Water Resources Management Project which is targeting 1,000 households to directly benefit from the new livelihood changing projects under the plan for the Restoration and Protection of the River Rwizi Ecosystem and Catchment Area.
In the past, leaders in Masaka city and environmental conservation activists have been at loggerheads with a senior officer of Uganda People’s Defense Forces-UPDF identified as Major Patrice Mugume who hired trucks to dump the soil in a wetland, clearing part of it for construction.
Olanya says that he has received a letter from the Ministry of Wildlife, Tourism and Antiquities indicating that they have received a directive from the President to allow the bridge works to continue.
The Community Liaison Officer of UWA under Elgon Region, Jimmy Tinkansimire confirmed the decision when the team visited the home of the deceased on Tuesday to commiserate with the family. The team met the family of the deceased and the leadership of Okile sub county and of Kaberamaido district.
As part of the effort to restore the environment in what has been dubbed as the restoration decade, the government decided to ban the manufacturing, importation, sell, use, distribution, or otherwise dealing in polythene bags locally known as Kaveera.
James Magomu, a Boda boda cyclist accuses Uganda National Roads Authority-UNRA of deliberately failing to open water channels and installing culverts that would stop running water from damaging the road. He says that they will stage a demonstration in a week’s time unless UNRA responds to their pleas to address the challenges on the road.
The animals have ravaged gardens in villages of Lukana A, Lukana B and Busime among other villages that neighbor Lake Victoria in Busime Sub-county and Bussabi and Budumba sub counties in Butaleja district where they have ravaged close to fifteen acres in the villages of Malanga, Bugangu, and Bulega.
Although Richard Kyambadde, the National Environment Management Authority-NEMA principal wetlands officer claims halting dumping and establishing of any development in the area, LCI Chairperson Richard Lugoloobi says the abuse has continued since there was no security deployment made to stop the perpetrators who are committed to destroying the environment, nor to identify them.
In a resolution passed by Cabinet chaired by President Yoweri Museveni, and communicated on Tuesday by the Minister of State for Environment Beatrice Anywar, the government says this is done to restore the environment that has been affected by these activities.
Musa Makomeri, Kasansa Village LC I Chairperson who doubles as the Chairperson of Kasansa Rice Grower Association, says that the ban will affect many residents depending on rice growing for survival. He says that farmers are ready to adjust to best farming practices to avoid problems.
The lake has since Saturday been experiencing unusually strong winds of about 25 knots(kts) which has occasioned very large waves of above 2 meters high, a situation that is expected to continue for the next couple of days.
Enoch Ntale, Coordinator- Musambwa Island Joint Conservation Organisation -MIJCO, says they will improve their conservation operations starting with rehabilitating the breeding colonies which were devastated by the floods.
Godfrey Batalingaya, the LC 1 chairperson of Mazzi-Malungi village in Kinyogoga Sub-County, says that the lockdown saw a ban on Cattle markets in the area to stem the spread of COVID-19. According to Batalingaya, many of the residents in his jurisdiction who could take cattle products to markets every Monday were affected seriously due to loss of income.
John Okea, the Tororo district L.C.V chairman says that have raised complaints as Tororo local government leaders to the factory management for the last six years to have a better waste management plan but in vain.
The Deputy RDC Sam Evidence Orikunda, says that the charcoal was impounded in the ongoing joint crackdown by the Natural Resources Office and the local leaders in the wake of environmental degradation concerns.