Francis Kahangwa, the chairperson of LC II Rwakishakis ward said he has registered six cases of people fighting for boundaries in the wetland but their cases were forwarded to the Region Environment Police.
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.
Joconoius Musingwire, the National Environment Management Authority-NEMA regional manager in southwestern Uganda says they have identified the use of herbicides as a new and easiest method used by encroachers. Some of the herbicides used to clear wetlands include weed master 24D and DUDU.
Mulema was arrested on the orders of the Ramathan Walugembe, the Sembabule Resident District Commissioner after it emerged he was facilitating the illegal land-titling for part of river Katanga catchment area in Rushulu sub county.
According to Anywar, while they intend to safeguard the environment from destruction, their efforts are being frustrated by the ordinary court system under which encroachers take refuge to justify their actions or win arbitrary awards against the government.
Moses Abonga, the Laroo Division LC 3 Chairperson reveals that several parts of the wetlands have been cultivated, adding that farmers use contaminated water to irrigate vegetables, which is a threat to public health and safety.