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ACDP Reclaims Jinja Wetland for Fish Farming :: Uganda Radionetwork
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ACDP Reclaims Jinja Wetland for Fish Farming

Recently, ACDP started reclaiming Walumbe wetland to pave way for the establishment of fish ponds meant for training students at that East Africa Community College that is managed by ACDP.

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Residents of Kakira town council in Jinja district are up in arms against the African Centre for Development Programs-ACDP for filling up Walumbe wetland in Wairaka village. They argue that Walumbe Wetland is the only water catchment area in the village. Recently, ACDP started reclaiming Walumbe wetland to pave way for the establishment of fish ponds meant for training students at that East Africa Community College that is managed by ACDP. But residents will not have any of this.

 

Led by Godfrey Wakabi, LC 1 chairperson Wairaka Village, the residents say that they have started feeling the impact as a result of the encroachment of the wetland. They claim that they have already started experiencing flooding, which was not the case before the encroachment on the wetland. Wakabi says that ever since ACDP begun reclaiming the wetland, all the water that was flowing through it finds its way in their gardens and nearby houses.

He says their pleas to Jinja district environment authorities to halt the fish farming project have not yielded any results. Wakabi says they are now planning to pour onto the streets to express their dissatisfaction with fish farming project. Ivan Bogere, another resident says because of the encroachment on the wetland, the runoff water ends up in their gardens.

 

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Ernest Nabihamba, the Jinja Senior Environment Office says the wetland reclamation is illegal. He says those behind the move will be arrested and dealt with in accordance with the law. Nabihamba says without a permit all the works at Walumbe swamp are illegal.

 

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Christopher Bagya, the Director ACDP does not explain how they got into the wetland but says the project will benefit many students with skills in fish farming. The 500 million shillings program was launched two weeks ago to train people in fish farming.

Sarah Mulondo, the Jinja district fisheries officer says fish farming must be done in a well constructed pond and not a swamp.

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