Residents in the Kigezi Sub-region want the on-going wetland demarcation exercise halted.
In October, the Ministry of Water and Environment started demarcating
wetlands and rivers in the region. Some of the wetlands include Ekona in Maziba
sub-county, Nyakahita in Kabale municipality, Rufuha, and Kabasheshe in
According to the Ministry of Water and Environment, at least 1,370 square
kilometres of depleted wetlands in the districts of Rubanda, Kabale, Rukiga and
Ntungamo will be restored.
However, residents who have encroached on the wetland want candidates
to intervene and stop the Ministry. The latest is the Democratic Party President
Norbert Mao who While campaigning in Kabale last week said that he had received
concerns from many farmers who are facing eviction from the wetlands.
Mao said the government’s policy of evicting people from wetlands
is not based on Science. He said the wetlands can be used sustainably for
farming while they are preserved to do their main role of water catchment.
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The former Rukiga County MP Jack Sabiti says that the government
should first consult the people before the demarcation is implemented. He also
said the government must be ready to resettle the evicted people or given decent
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Innocent Rwakiseta, a resident of Rubanda District says it would
be an act of negligence for government to evict people from wetlands without
considering their livelihoods.
Rwakiseata said the largest growing of Irish Potatoes in Rubanda
District is on wetlands. He requested President Museveni to stop the on-going
demarcation of wetlands and instead provide an Irish potato processing factory
to Rubanda District to improve the value of Irish potato growing.
During the NRM Delegates Meeting at Arcadia Cottages in Kabale
District, the State Minister for Finance and Economic Planning David Bahati said
that Cabinet agreed to halt the on-going demarcation of wetlands in Kigezi sub-region
until more consultations are done.