FAO Director-General QU Dongyu says that such bottlenecks are holding back potential and need urgent interventions to increase coordination and upskilling human capacity in African nations. He added that funds must also be unlocked and public finance systems streamlined, “so that the scarce resources we have do not go unspent”.
The energy will be used at the six pump stations along the pipeline, two of them located at Kabaale industrial park in Hoima and in Sembabule in Uganda. Pump stations are large industrial facilities that maintain the flow and pressure of oil by receiving oil from the pipeline, re-pressurizing it, and sending it back into the pipeline system.
The draft regulations include emission limits for industrial sources, cars, trucks, motorcycles, and other mobile sources, layout odor standards and requirements for indoor air, and address worker protection. They also establish a permit and compliance program for industrial sources and associated fees.
Okot-Okidi says apart from eco-tourism, the protected areas will be turned into research and learning centres, and that hopefully, these initiatives will make communities feel the forests are part of their livelihood.
At least 38 CSOs from Uganda and the Democratic Republic of Congo issued a communique rejecting the signing or conclusion of what they called secret agreements for the Tilenga, Kingfisher and East African Crude Oil Pipeline oil projects, until all court cases in various countries are determined. The cases mainly related to issues of human rights and the environment.
“Between 2015 and 2018, some charcoal cartels counted among their members a senior cabinet minister, two senior army commanders and an assistant commissioner of the Ugandan Police Force,” the report says.
Marino’s arrest came a day after his Ugandan wife was detained at Bugolobi Police Station together with Panda – Pier Village LC I Chairperson, Joseph Tomusange, who was caught with 2.5Kgs of worked Ivory pieces following a trap laid by officers from the Natural Resources Conservation Network (NRCN) working closely with detectives from the Uganda Police Force who presented themselves as buyers of the ivory.
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.