During the cleanup of River Mugunu, which snakes through Fort Portal town to River Mpanga, it was observed that there are a number of unregulated businesses along the river banks that discharge harmful waste. However, Fort Portal municipal leadership hasn’t taken any action.
King Oyo with Kabarole RDC Steven Asiimwe (in brown sweater) and other Kindom leaders and subjects inspecting state of River Mugunu. Fort Portal leadership has been faulted for the massive enchroachement on the river's banks
Fort portal municipal leadership has been
faulted over the massive encroachment of River Mpanga and its tributaries.
The matter came to the fore during the cleanup
of River Mugunu in Fort Portal town under the “Save River Mpanga Now Campaign”
The campaign was launched by King of Tooro, Oyo Nyimba
Kabamba Iguru Rukidi IV two weeks ago with the aim of saving River Mpanga and
its tributaries from degradation and pollution.
During the cleanup of River Mugunu, which snakes through Fort
Portal town to River Mpanga, it was observed that there are a number of
unregulated businesses along the river banks that discharge harmful waste.
However, Fort Portal municipal leadership hasn’t taken any action.
It was also noted with concern that people have
gone ahead to construct permanent houses along the river banks and all the
solid waste from the houses ends in the river.
The Tooro Kingdom Prime Minister, Bernard
Tungakwo cited an example of washing bays in Kisenyi that have even dug
trenches to direct the filth from vehicles into River Mugunu.
He asked the Tooro community to embrace the
campaign of saving the rivers.
//Cue in: “Abantu baine kwombekera…
Cue out… ebirungi nka Tooro.”//
Kabarole Resident District Commissioner – RDC,
Steven Asiimwe wondered how the entire municipality leadership with an
enforcement officer would sit back and watch water bodies polluted.
He vowed to
set up a special team next week that will be tasked with enforcing the
restoration of River Mpanga and its tributaries.
//Cue in: “We want on…
Cue in… a daily basis.”//
The Fort Portal Municipal Mayor, Rev Willy Kintu Muhanga
refuted claims that his regime is solely to blame for the degraded rivers,
saying his predecessors are the ones who should be answerable.
He promised to write to all the business operators and owners
of buildings along the river banks to remove them.
//Cue in: “The entire container…
Cue out… we shall enforce.”//
During the cleanup, residents and police unclogged River
Mugunu and slashed along river banks while King Oyo joined the cause and
planted a tree along the river.