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Kabale Locals Defy Authorities on Sand Excavation Ban

Kabale municipal authorities imposed a ban on sand excavation and brick-making in all swampy areas and road reserves, in March, as a strategy for conserving the environment and protecting roads against destruction.
A road reserve where John Ahimbisibwe, was found making bricks

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Residents of Kabale municipality have defied a directive stopping them from carrying out excavation and bricklaying activities in swampy areas and road reserves.

 

Kabale municipal authorities imposed a ban on sand excavation and brick-making in all swampy areas and road reserves, in March, as a strategy for conserving the environment and protecting roads against destruction.

 

The office of the Municipal Town Clerk also directed Division authorities and Law Enforcement Officers to arrest any person who defied the directive for subsequent prosecution in courts of law.

 

However, locals have continued with their activities. Our reporter visited several areas in Southern and Central division where the activity is done on a large scale and found a number of them excavating sand and others laying bricks.

 

Ambrose Tumuheirwe, a resident of Rushambya in Kirigime Ward, Southern Division says that, although he is aware of the ban, he cannot stop bricklaying because he is running the activity on his land, and it is his main source of livelihood. Tumuheirwe also accuses Municipal authorities of imposing a harsh decision on them.

 

John Ahimbisibwe, a resident of Mwanjari also in southern division says that it is very difficult for him to obey the directive against brick making and sand mining in the swamp since it is his only source of income for his family to survive.

 

Ahimbisibwe said that he is not aware that he is operating in a  road reserve.

 

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Kabale Municipality Engineer, Emmanuel Ngirabakunzi says that the continuous sand extraction and brickmaking activities have damaged several feeder roads in the municipality.

He, however, blames top Division Law Enforcement Officers for laxity on arresting the suspected culprits.

 

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Alex Baingana, the Assistant Town Clerk for Southern Division in Kabale Municipality says that illegal sand extraction and brick making in swamps and along road reserves have remained a problem.  Baingana says that all arrested persons repeat the practice as soon as they are released.

 

He adds that division is pushing for increasing the fine of those found extracting sand and making bricks. According to Baingana, the culprits willingly pay a fine of nine hundred thousand Shillings because they are always sure of making profits from sand and bricks.

 

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Kabale  Municipality Town Clerk, Innocent Ahimbisibwe says that the arrests will always be made until the culprits give up because they are destroying the environment.

 

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