Frank Kiguli, one of the area leaders says that hundreds of vendors have totally lost business since the onset of the heavy rains, which flooded their stalls. He says that they sometimes sell their goods through sales agents or hawkers who move with the goods from place to place.
Edrin Ssekyanzi, who works along Nakivubo Channel in Kampala, says that government needs to improve the drainage system of the City to curb flooding. He thinks the City infrastructure like roads and buildings are not well planned to cater for drainage.
The Deputy Speaker of Council, Kyambogo University Councilor Bruhan Byaruhanga asked that the teams only scale potholes when they are ready to fill them. Byaruhanga allied fears that called potholes bare sharp adges that can cause damage to vehicles and other motors.
"In 1907, Winston Churchill called Uganda the Pearl of Africa. At the time Uganda was a wonderland full of trees, the lakes had clear blue crystal water, the swamps were empty. If he came back today, he would not recognise this Uganda where concrete is competing with trees, the number of birds have reduced because man has destroyed their habitat. The once clean air is heavily polluted with vehicles that are supposed to be in Museums."
Jude Byansi who manages water and sanitation at the Kampala Capital City Authority -KCCA says that polyethylene terephthalate -PET which is common with soft drink bottling alone, each day up 132 tonnes of waste are generated, but only 5% of that is disposed through proper channels.
According to the Kampala City Council Authority report of 2019 more than 60 % of natural trees in Kampala have been cleared in 10 years, due to infrastructure developments. This can be restored by making, implementation and enforcement of new ordinances.
The most recent crocodile attack was reported in Mayuge district in February where a crocodile mauled a 16 year old boy Shaffic Watangwa. This is just one of the reported cases of crocodile attacks from Lake Victoria but the numbers are said to be around 10 – 20 incidents each year, according to Kisambira, awareness and education officer at UWA headquarters, Kampala.
Brain Baagala, the Manager of Drainage at KCCA, says that they have so far constructed two of the four box culverts they intend to install on Nakamiro Channel in Kawempe at Kazo Angola and along Jakana road.
Solomon Ssesanga, a resident of Kyambogo village, says the water supply from National water and Sewerage Corporation has been unreliable for many years. According to Ssessanga, he once approached NWSC to understand why the water problem has persisted and was told there is a huge population increase.
To cope with the high temperatures at night, some Kampala residents have been taking baths more than once in the night. Others use air fans in order to cool the room temperature at night, said some Kampala residents of their experience of the current warm weather.
Joshua Muwanguzi, a resident of Kibuye Mujuko zone, is one of the people who use the park whenever he needs to rest when he comes to town. Muwanguzi says KCCA should renovate the park to give the city a good look.
According to conservationists, several snake farms in West, East and South Africa are infested with bacteria, and people who are licensed to keep wild animals as pets don't also provide appropriate diets. This is partly because of limited knowledge about how these animals feed.
Vianney Luggya, the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) spokesperson says that a Qatar Airways flight that was taking off to Doha had delayed for about 40 minutes because of the fog. But, he added, there was no significant impact on the operations of the Airport, because the phenomenon of poor visibility is not new.
The atlas compiled with the assistance of the UNDP country office provides data on various disasters the country is facing indicating vulnerability of various communities and offering recommendations to enhance resilience of these communities.
Some of the requirements for one to open a snake farm include getting approval from their neighbors, having not less than two acres of land and ability to pay an annual fee that is yet to be set. Besides conservation of species that face extinction, the most compelling justification for snake farming is milking them for venom.
Over the last 30 years Uganda has registered an increase in the number of Elephants from 2,000 to 6,000, Giraffes from 350 to 1,600, mountain Gorillas in the three countries from 350 to more than 1,000 and other animals, but these and others compete for land with humans.
Mayiga was today speaking at an event at Bulange-Mengo where he unveiled the Kingdom Board for Environment Conservation. At the same event, the Kingdom entered into a partnership with Climate Action Network- a network for environmental non-governmental organizations and World Wide Fund for Nature Uganda. The partnerships are envisaged to promote environmental conservation.