authorities have ordered over 200 farmers to vacate the shores of Lake Mburo.
farmers have been cultivating among others tomatoes, onions, and sweet potatoes
on the lake shores.
The district gave the farmers two days from Saturday
to vacate the lake shores.
Kiruhura Chief Administrative Officer, Charles Kiberu, says the water pumped from the lake has turned color,
which exposes residents at risk.
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He says they are going to register all farmers with gardens and warned land
owners against giving out land near the lake to farmers.
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Aminadabu Muhindo, the Kiruhura Resident District commissioner, says the decision
to evict the farmers is aimed at stopping them from contaminating the lake.
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John Muhanguzi, the Mburo village LC 1 Chairperson welcomed the moved and asked
the district leadership to form a committee that will help to implement the
directive and oversee the eviction of the farmers.
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Bwiruka Mwesigye, a resident says people intentionally dump garbage in the lake,
saying they need medicine to cure diseases they have contracted from the lake.
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Deborah Namarah, the
Kiruhura Environment Officer, says the lake has been contaminated with fluids
and chemicals used to spray gardens.
“We have faced a
challenge of toxin in the lake. These people who spray their gardens throw
empty tins in the lake during harvest they throw the remains in the lake, which
has changed the color of the water,” she said.
Deus Mugume, a tomato farmer says he understands the challenges of the sprays
but he has no land and depends on the lake for irrigation.
The district has
also stopped fishermen from fishing until they present their gears to the
district for inspection.
Lake Mburo water is
used by Rakai, Kiruhura, Lyantonde, Ssembabule, Lwengo, Isingiro districts and Kazo.