Leaders led by Mukono Municipal Member of Parliament Betty Nambooze and Goma Division Chairperson Humphrey Kyase have since last week been meeting residents and municipal leaders sensitizing about the need to degazette the forest reserve.
According to the preliminary assessment, the rains destroyed 16 houses in Lugazi and 36 in Mpatta Sub County. Some of the affected gardens belong to teachers and university students who opted for farming due to the lockdown.
Each of the planned sites will comprise a water source, transmission pipeline, storage tanks of 87, 000 litres, distribution networks for irrigation, and on-farm irrigation system network. Nexus Green Chief Executive Officer, Rikki Verma says the scheme can support over 30 farmers with five acreages each.
KCCA bought land at Dundu measuring 134 acres to serve as the Greater Kampala Garbage dumping site and an integrated waste management centre with processing plants for electronic waste, biogas, fertilisers and plastic recycling.
According to Musisi, more than 340 homes were expected to get piped water in the first phase of the project. While the second phase would involve the installation of
bigger tanks to increase the capacity of the project but Victoria pumps limited, which was handling the project abandoned it.
According to the agreement, Katosi town council that is housing the main treatment plant was supposed to directly benefit from water extension and connectivity together with the nearby sub-counties around the lakeshore such as Ntenjeru and Mpunge before it is handed over to NWSC as part of corporate social responsibility.
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.
Residents operating under Hope for Nature, a Community Based Organization-CBO supported by People’s Trust for Endangered Species-PTES in the United Kingdom started restocking the lake with the singida tilapia fish, locally known as Empongo in December 2020 at six conservation lake bays in Koome Islands.
Simon Muguluma a taxi driver notes that they are now choosing to stay in traffic jam for almost six hours on one stretch of Mbalala-Bweyogerere when it rains, rather than using shortcuts where they get stranded or vehicles break down making them incur heavy expenses.
Unlike in Kalangala district, where several farmers devoted all their land to oil palm growing, NOPP is ensuring that each out grower at Buvuma spares or secures an acre of land for growing food. Wilson Sserunjogi, the District Oil Palm Focal Person says such land will help farmers during the time when they cannot practice intercropping.
David Kiyaga, the Ntenjeru Sub County LC III Chairperson, says in their meeting with Col. Nakalema and NFA team, it was agreed that the land should be used by locals through planting indigenous trees as well as planting suitable crops.
The incident happened in the Kimenyedde sub-county where rains removed rooftops, washed away houses, household properties and plantations. Also affected were two schools; Springfield Secondary School and St Kizito Kawongo Primary School, where the rooftop of the main hall was carried away.
Jesca Namubiru, a resident and fish dealer at Katosi says life at the landing site is now becoming too hard for them due to the scarcity of Nile perch and tilapia that used to be their major source of income. She says that whenever the season for the Cynodon could come, it could boost their income as well.