Sam Apedel, Spokesperson National Water and Sewerage Cooperation, says government is planning to construct a sewer line that connects to Victoria Mall to transport sewerage to a treatment facility so as to effectively manage the sewerage problem at the mall.
There is concern among Entebbe municipal residents on the
allocation of part of the land hosting the Botanical Gardens to an investor.
reports indicating that part of the 40 hectare of land hosting the Botanical
gardens has been leased out to Meghani Sikander of Megha Industries on a
10-year lease for the construction of a sewage facility for Victoria
The Botanical gardens are situated close to the National
Agricultural Research Organization and Victoria Mall in Entebbe. The gardens
cover a 4-kilometre stretch on the shoreline of Lake Victoria.
The gardens hold
up to 400 plant species among them medicinal trees with impressive flora and
fauna suitable for hospitality, education and tourism. Megha Industries has constructed a septic tank measuring five
meters wide, eight meters long and 20 meters deep adjacent to the southern part
of Victoria Mall.
Meghani Sikander, the proprietor of Victoria Mall says the
plan to construct the facility was approved by the Municipality and the
National Agricultural Research Organization-NARO.
The development has drawn
outrage from residents, saying this could be a
ploy to allocate land to different investors to destroy the Botanical gardens,
the only surviving natural resource.
Arafat Ssekawooya, the Lunyo West Councilor, says there is
need for explanation from different stakeholders including the Entebbe
Municipal Council leadership on why they approved plans to construct a sewerage
facility in a historical site without consulting residents.
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Richard Ssekajugo, another resident in Entebbe wants the
authorities to stop any further developments on the land.
He condemns the
municipality for approving the physical plan and clearing the investor to
construct a sewerage tank in the gardens despite the availability of space
within the boundaries of Victoria Mall.
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The Entebbe Municipal Mayor, Vincent Kayanja told Uganda
Radio Network that the construction of the sewerage facility in the gardens is
justified by the ever increasing number of people frequenting Victoria Mall,
which has a small septic tank.
The mall is visited by an average of 7500 people daily in
Sam Apedel, Spokesperson
National Water and Sewerage Cooperation, says government is planning to
construct a sewer line that connects to Victoria Mall to transport sewerage to
a treatment facility so as to effectively manage the sewerage problem at the
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Ambrose Agona, the Director National Agricultural Research
Organization, the institution mandated to take care of Botanical gardens, says
the construction of the septic tank in the gardens is temporary and will be