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Residents Protest Soil Dumping in Namanve Wetlands at Night

Although Richard Kyambadde, the National Environment Management Authority-NEMA principal wetlands officer claims halting dumping and establishing of any development in the area, LCI Chairperson Richard Lugoloobi says the abuse has continued since there was no security deployment made to stop the perpetrators who are committed to destroying the environment, nor to identify them.
A section of Namanve wetland filled with land near Victory Church.

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Residents of Kiwanga Village in Goma Division of Mukono Municipality have criticized dumping of soils in Namanve wetland by unknown people during night hours.

Residents claim that since last month, piles of soil have been dumped in the wetland in areas close to Namyoya forest and later near Victory Center church.

 

According to the local council-LCI Chairperson Richard Lugoloobi, the move is likely to affect water flow at Namyoya stream and Nakiyanja stream which connects to Namugongo.

Lugoloobi preempts that however is behind the dumping may have intentions of permanently destroying wetlands to establish development schemes or selling to investors establish factories.

Although, Richard Kyambadde, the National Environment Management Authority-NEMA principal wetlands officer claims halting further dumping and establishing any development in the area, Lugoloobi says the process has continued since there was no security deployment made to scare away opportunists committed to destroying the environment nor identify them.

Robert Ssozi, a resident at Seeta says several residents without access to piped water use the wetland to fetch water. He is as well scared that with its destruction, the entire Namanve is likely face disastrous flooding especially during rainy seasons.

//Cue in: “Tulina obuzibu bwa… 

Cue out: …wegugenda okuyita”//

Peter Sseryazi, another resident appeals to the government intervene with a planned strategy to manage development in Namanve. According to him, the remaining wetland serves as a catchment area for pollutants coming from factories and once it is destroyed will end up in their houses.

//Cue in: “Ssawa yaleero… 

Cue out: …wegasobola kuyita”//

Samuel Odongo, the Mukono district secretary for environment and natural resources says they have learnt about the dubious invasion on Namanve wetlands. He reveals that he has constituted a special committee to identify, probe and expose the individuals behind dumping of soil in wetlands.  

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