According to the Water Ministry, access to water in the stands at 68 per cent with 132,322 domestic water points serving over 27.1 million people of which 22.1 million are in rural areas. The records shade a healthier picture of progress across the country with access rates varying from 33 per cent in Buvuma to 95 per cent in Pader District.
Okello told URN during an interview on Saturday that he has opted for borehole water since the tap water has become unreliable. Faidah Lilly Owot, another resident told URN that she is considering abandoning piped water because of it inconsistent supply.
According to NEMA Deputy Executive Director Christine Akello, the Chinese firm had applied for a user permit for 40 acres of land to develop warehousing units but inspectors from NEMA visited the site and discovered that the said activities could only be done on only six acres.
The ministry’s move follows uproar from environmentalists, leaders and residents in Mpigi District who accuse NEMA for having allocated Katonga wetland near River Katonga along Kampala-Masaka highway to Zetong Bang Limited, a Chinese company intending to open up a plywood factory in the area.
Francis Okori, the Assistant Commissioner in charge of Karamoja Affairs in OPM says the construction of three dams will commence in May with funding from the Germany Government through the Intergovernmental Authority on Development, IGAD.
The State Minister for Environment Mary Goretti Kitutu challenged the women to use their influence of numbers to practically spearhead a massive tree planting campaign in their respective areas for purposes of restoring the destroyed environment features.
Michael Tebere, the head of the secretariat says the bill also seeks to prohibit the cutting down of certain species of trees for charcoal production, establishment of local environment committees as well as charcoal producers associations. The others he says is the promotion of charcoal farming, energy security and reforestation of degraded areas.
Napak District Chairperson Joseph Lomonyang says that the delay in the completion of the Morulinga project has continued to affect the institutional performance of schools and health facilities. He adds that although the time-frame for the construction of the project has elapsed, there seems to be nothing on the ground to show progress.
The scheme covers 20 Acres of land on the Western Bank of River Abera in Ayweri Village in Paibona Sub County, some 60 Kilometers North East of Gulu Town. He says the Ministry of Water and Environment has planned to construct another 15 mini irrigation schemes in the district to transform agriculture in the district.
In November, the Ministry of Water and Environment ordered all residents who constructed houses in the wetland to demolish the structures and halt any other human activity. However, it sparked off disagreements between the ministry and the residents.
James Nabinson Kidega, the Lamwo Resident District Commissioner told URN the duo was arrested in a renewed crackdown on illegal loggers. Kidega says the suspects were heading to Agwata West village in Cubu parish where they had already bought trees for felling.
The swamp stretches from Nakiwogo landing site through Lugonjo to Kigungu road after the UN Regional Service Center in Entebbe Division B. On November 29th, 2018, the Commissioner in Charge of Wetlands and Environment, Inspector Collins Oloya wrote a notice to the affected persons.
At Lokisile village in Rupa Sub County, Moroto district, both herdsmen from the area and Turkana pastoralists share water with animals at the dam, which is the only water source. The residents use the contaminated water for drinking, bathing and other domestic needs.
Early this month, President Yoweri Museveni threatened to sack Chief Administrative Officers, Resident District Commissioners and Police Commanders in Nakaseke and Luweero district after witnessing several wetlands degraded during a visit to the area.
The Ministry of Water and Environment under department of water for production wants to construct the reservoir dam for domestic water supply. However a section of the 17-acre land owners in the project area located in Man-woko village, Labongo Amida sub-county have opposed the modern irrigation scheme aimed at increasing agricultural productivity.
The scheme being developed in Ayweri village in Paibona Sub County under the water for production project is expected to enhance agricultural productivity of the area by supplying water to 15 acres of land.
In his affidavit, Kyiwa argues that there is no justifiable reason for holding the logs, adding that his repeated appeals to the relevant authorities to release the impounded logs have been futile prompting him to turn to court.