Evas Asiimwe, the Kabale District Environment Officer, says she approached cultivators in the disputed wetland last year and asked them to vacate voluntarily. According to Asiimwe, they agreed with local leaders and residents to use Kabari wetland for apiary and raw material for crafts.
During the financial year 2018/2019, the Division Council resolved to reclaim the swampland and build a recreation center by clearing the site to plant grass and ecologically friendly trees for shade and build two monumental fish ponds.
The National Environment Management Authority-NEMA Executive Director Dr. Tom Okurut says the laws allow sustainable wetland utilization although the activity should be set at a level that can be maintained for the future.
Alex Tabu and Charles Dama all residents of Kirasa cell in Masindi central division were on Monday arrested together with John Kiiza who had hired them to cultivate the wetland located along Masindi-Kafo road.
According to Willy Magezi, the East Division LC III chairman, Musingunzi is destroying a wetland on top of endangering peoples lives by constructing a highly flamable fuel station close to their homes.