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Campaign To Relieve Lake Victoria, Landing Sites of Waste Starts In Masaka

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According to Antonio Kalyango, the Executive Director-Biodiversity Conservation Forum (BFC, the campaign came after various reports from different experts indicating that the water from Lake Victoria is increasingly getting contaminated and may affect people’s health and livelihoods in addition to fish production.
12 Aug 2021 08:07
Environment activists launching the campaing after collecting several sacks of plastic bottles from around Lambu landing site

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Environment advocates from Biodiversity Conservation Foundation (BCF), Green Climate Campaign Africa (GCCF) and Fridays for Future Uganda (FFU) have unveiled  a campaign to relieve Lake Victoria, Africa’s largest freshwater body of solid waste especially plastics and polythene bags.     

The campaign launched at Lambu landing site, in Bukakata sub-county, Masaka district on Wednesday will also foresee and increase solid waste collection at different landing sites across Greater Masaka Region to ensure good sanitation. The environmental activists say that due to poor management, solid waste of all kinds is eroded into the lake and contaminates the water in addition to suffocating the fish.

According to Antonio Kalyango, the Executive Director-Biodiversity Conservation Forum  (BFC, the campaign came after various reports from different experts indicating that the water from Lake Victoria is increasingly getting contaminated and may affect people’s health and livelihoods in addition to fish production.




He explains that the residents around the landing sites need to be encouraged to get involved in such campaigns aimed to protect the lake from being contaminated.

//Cue In: “Tubadde wano ku mwalo…………................

 

Cue out:…………….obulamu nebubaberera buzibu.”//

Kalyango adds that residents and fishermen on the lambing sites are responsible for the negative effect on the lake and prevailing climate change effects. He appealed to the community to often place the waste in the gazetted dumping sites to prevent it from getting eroded into the lake.

 

 //Cue In: “Nga bwetutongozza…………...................

 

Cue out:…………….ebyenyanja tebyeyongeranga.”//

Timothy Mugerwa, the Executive Director- Green Climate Campaign Africa (GCCF), says that the increasing detrimental human activities on the lake, growing population and unchecked encroachment are partly responsible for the lake’s pollution. He appealed to the government to intervene and support the campaign to save the lake and improve the sanitation of the landing sites.

 

//Cue In: “Kati bwetutunulira…………...................

 

Cue out:…………….enyanja yaffe etasibwa,”//  

Lia Namugerwa, the Team Leader –Friday for Future Uganda (FFU), says that the world is left with only five percent of the freshwater lakes and that’s why it is very important for countries that share the lake in East Africa to step up efforts to protect it from contamination.

She noted that plastic production has tripled or even quadrupled from the time plastic bottle soda and water were manufactured.  According to Rashid Babu, the Manager of Mpongo Limited, which is managing the Landing site, they are trying to collect the plastic bottles around the landing site but they are still challenged by the increasing usage and poor disposal of polythene bags.

//Cue In: “Problem eyaliwo muntandikwa………….........

 

Cue out:…………………….kyetuyina mukikundukyaffe.”//

Gerald Lubezi, the Bukakata sub-county councillor, applauded the campaign, saying that they will continue sensitizing the community about the importance of proper waste management to protect the lake and improve the sanitation of the place.

He adds that the more they neglect very important issues concerning the lake, the more they will suffer in the end.

 

//Cue In: “Tugenda nga………….............

 

Cue out:…………….ffena nga abantu,”//

Rose Nakyejjwe, the Masaka District Environment Officer, confirmed the increasing pollution of the lake saying it has led to the decline in fish production and people’s incomes. She further explains that early this year tones of Nile perch died due to lack of oxygen because too much waste was eroded into the lake yet most of it is toxic.

//Cue In: “Naye kati research eziriwo…………..............

 

Cue out:…………….obuyonjo bwago bukendeera.”//

The campaign will roll out to other districts with awareness campaigns to help communities understand the importance of good waste management.