The company was contracted to construct the 2.9 kilometres of Eng Zhikusooka Road and Main Street extension in Jinja district, under the Uganda Support to Municipal Infrastructure Development- USMID project.
Stirling Civil Engineering Limited has been accused of dumping debris in wetlands around Lake Victoria.
The company was contracted to construct the 2.9 kilometres of Eng Zhikusooka Road and Main Street extension in Jinja district, under the Uganda Support
to Municipal Infrastructure Development- USMID project.
But they have been accused of dumping waste in a 10-acre wetland surrounding Kirinya prisons to the lake, a practice which is threatening
to silt the water body. This is contrary to their waste management plan
which directs them to dump the waste materials at Masese landfill.
The contractors are reported to be conniving with local politicians to fill up
the landing sites of Nyanza, Rippon and Rock which had been cleared by the ever-increasing
water levels in both Lake Victoria and River Nile.
Celestine Mwesigwa, a resident of rock village says that filling of their
landing site began last month. "Some of our leaders came to inspect this landing site in April
and in early May, trucks began dumping debris along the shoreline,” he says.
Following the public outcry, the Kiira region environment protection police
unit liaison officer, Exavius Sekanabo wrote a letter tasking the engineers to
follow their approved waste management plan in vain. Sekanabo says that the debris is being used to fill up the 200-meter
shoreline and creating room for illegal settlers yet there is a presidential
directive halting the eviction of settlers.
//cue in: “the environmental pollution…
Cue out…dumping it around,”
The site engineer, Saleh Yusuf declined to comment on the matter and directed
us to Jinja municipal council authorities.
Rajab Kiito, the municipal council spokesperson, says that a team of experts
have been dispatched to inspect the affected areas arguing that, the contractor
shall be directed to rectify his mistakes.