“The masons managed to scare off a few of our community members who had arrived at the scene much earlier on and by the time the rest of us were mobilized through the village Whatsapp group, two trees had been cut down,” she said.
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.
Speaking to journalist at the Jinja based State Lodge on Tuesday night; Museveni said government shall undertake studies to foster environment conservation because of the increasing industrialization in the country.
This is part of the draft bylaw on solid waste management that seeks to address challenges of waste generated in the municipality. The municipality has been collecting the waste from households at no cost while every business entity has been paying for it as part of the trading license.
Nelson Agaba, the Operations Manager, Leather Industries located on plot M74 Nyanza Road Fishermans Point Jinja, says although their factory is found in a wetland, they were authorised to operate from there.
Mwajjuma Nakazibwe, one of the affected residents says she has been occupying the land in question for over ten years. Nakazibwe asks government to reconsider the decision to evict them since she has nowhere to take her family.
Jinja district Chief Administrative Officer CAO Olive Nakyanzi says Ndegeya was cited by the Office of the Inspector General of Government IGG for failing to correct a boundary description in a land allocation to an investor Patel Magan, acting on behalf of M/S Nile Agro Industries Limited.
The researchers are equally concerned about the free transportation of paper mulberry, spectacular cassia and the giant sensitive plants, all of which are listed globally as noxious weeds. They are usually used as ornamental and boundary markers in Uganda.
Jinja district Agriculture Officer Rebecca Gumisiriza says farmers failed to follow the right planting dates since last year and had their crops devastated and harvests ruined by weather uncertainties. She says with more unpredictable rains in 2015 season, beans were not able to pod.
Dr Fred Wanda Masifwa, a senior research officer for Aquatic weeds management says funding is urgently needed to facilitate at least two researchers for training in South Africa and to purchase the Salvinia Weevil, an agent of biological pest control used against the toxic aquatic plant. Each weevil costs 40 dollars.
Henry Mugimba, the Chairman Jinja Central Market, says residents and traders in Jinja central division find it hard to concentrate on their work because of the foul smell from waste emissions from factories.
Keleb Nuwahereza, a cage culture specialist at NaFIRRI says some of the cage fish farmers have limited the flow of water leading to the excessive development of organic matter from fish feeds, which pollutes water.