Several wetlands in Bushenyi District have been degraded following
failure to implement the presidential directive.
In April President Museveni directed the Ministry for Water and Environment to
apply force where necessary and evict all people who have encroached on
wetlands, swamps, lakes and rivers across the country.
The President said that the country is already feeling the effects of
encroachment on its natural resources in the form of lakes and rivers bursting
banks and flooding.
However, in Bushenyi district several wetlands have been degraded. They include
St. Kagwa wetland, in Kyeizooba Sub County, Katokye wetland stretch, Nchwera
wetland, in Nyabubare Sub County, Kashenyi wetland and Kazinga wetland in
Kyamuhunga Sub County.
Others are Ruharo upper wetland and Kichwamba- Ruharo-Kabiira wetland, central
division in Bushenyi-Ishaka municipality have all been degraded.
Elly Muhwezi, the programs Director Uganda Citizens Alliance, says they have
witnessed a reverse of what had earlier been achieved with many wetlands and
water sources getting encroached and destroyed.
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Muhwezi said that many people are taking advantage of COVID-19 pandemic which
has affected activities such as inspection and monitoring to encroach on the
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Jolly Tibemanya, the Bushenyi Resident District Commissioner, said during the
pandemic that there has been laxity in enforcing the President’s directives.
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Vincent Kataate, the senior environment officer said eight of the 50 wetlands
across the district have been destroyed while the rest are slowly being
He said the biggest challenge is lack of logistics such as transport and
inadequate funds for supervision.
"We are working so hard to fight encroachers but we are faced with the
challenge of lack of vehicles and funds, however, we have started on a plan to
restore the destroyed wetlands".