NEMA's senior public relations officer, Tony Acidria, explains that the suspects were arrested for being notorious noise polluters. "They are repeat offenders because the noise levels when measured were above the permissible level of 60 decibels during the day and 40 decibels in the night for places of worship in residential areas."
Charles Magumba, the Town Clerk for Entebbe Municipality, says that the center will now be built in Bugonga village in Entebbe. He says the center will among others boost revenue for the municipality from tourism and the hospitality sector and also create jobs. The convention center was expected to sit on a 32-acre piece of land.
But the Federation of Motor Sports Associations of Uganda-FMU had requested permission to host a rally on July 24, 2022, in the Gardens, an event last held in 2013 before it was stopped by NARO over security and environmental concerns. According to FMU, the event, now one month away is a fundraising drive for Rally Ace Yusuf Bukenya, whose vehicle caught fire during a rally in Fort Portal, four years ago.
"We were scared that the vessel might sink since there are strong winds which form large waves over lake Victoria at the moment. These winds are very strong from April to June every year so sailors and passengers must be careful because boats and vessels can sink if they get problems like engine failure or engines getting stuck in fishing nets," Kalemba says.
On top of fueling deforestation, Lokeris say the heavy use of charcoal and firewood pose health effects associated with indoor air pollution, estimated to lead to more than 18,000 deaths every year and also fueling gender based violence among women and children in the search for firewood.
As a result, he says the new Biogas Project will promote awareness about the need for renewable energy, provide 8,000 bio digesters to 40,000 Ugandans country wide and also offer incentives such as low cost loans to Biogas enterprises.
Katumba noted that the composition of the committee and subcommittees are timely because most of the search and rescue missions on water have been adhoc. He cited the example of November 24th, 2018 when MV Templar sank, killing 33 passengers while 26 people were rescued mainly by the local communities including a village chairman and fishermen.
The group established the Namulanda farmland in 2000 covering 13 hectares. In May 2013, the company secured permission from the National Environment Management Authority-NEMA to use 50 of the 98 hectares of Lutembe Bay wetland. Lutembe Bay wetland sits at the edge of Lake Victoria in Katabi Town Council.
Ssemanda, Mutebi and other boat operators at Kasenyi landing site say the sailors should have first removed the laid fishing nets that had entangled the boat engines before embarking on the journey to Kisaba landing site.
Preliminary reports by fishermen indicate that boat could have broken down when fishing nets got stuck in its engine. Moses Musiitwa, a fisherman at Kasenyi landing site, says that the boat capsized between Lukuba and Misenyi island after being hit by strong winds on the lake.
Mabirizi said he initiated private prosecution proceedings against Rajiv Ruparelia as a responsible citizen precisely because the National Environment Management Authority-NEMA and police would most likely not arrest or charge him for dumping soil in the lake.
Sadala Musoke, the Managing Director of Nation Oil Distributors limited, which operates MV Kalangala, says the ferry was grounded for more than a month because some spare parts were not available in Uganda. He explains that the spare parts are usually imported from Italy and Turkey.
Court has now summoned Ruperalia to appear in court on April 13 over the blatant abuse of Lake Victoria which he is being accused of perpetrating. This is after he failed to appear on the three occasions when the case was brought up in court.
The LC 1 Chairman of Kavanyanja Swaibu Sseggane says the two fishermen were new in the area. "They screamed for help when the hippo first attacked their boat but the local community feared that they would suffer a similar fate. The same hippo killed a young fisherman called Emmanuel Muyunga last week. So residents fear that part of the Lake now."
Our reporter has also seen a September 21, 2021 letter from the NFA Executive Director Tom. O. Okello granting the FPU commanding officer, Lt. Col Dick Kaija space on Gudda NFA land in Entebbe. He was responding to Kaija's September 15, 2021 letter, in which he made a request for space to set up their headquarters.
An NFA spokesperson Julliet Mubi says Entebbe College School was built on the borders of Kitubulu Forest Reserve and that Joshua Ssenkungu was given a lease of 28 years in 1998 to carry out forest activities in the reserve.