The Ministry of Water and Environment has started demarcating
wetlands in the Bukedi sub-region.
Last year President Museveni commissioned the Limoto Wetland Wise use
demonstration site in Puti Puti sub-county Pallisa district and directed
farmers and residents who had encroached on the wetland to vacate.
He said that the
government would introduce other sustainable livelihood projects for the
affected farmers to boost their income.
Recently, there have been clashes between the residents of Kibuku district and
Police which has been enforcing the law against wetland encroachment.
Richard Kyambade, a wetlands officer in the Ministry of Water and
Environment says that they started with Papayo and limoto swamps because they
are the most degraded. The two wetlands pour water in Lake Lemwa which provides
water to Pallisa district.
He says that the government intends to reclaim over 1,000 hectares of wetland
which has been encroached. The
exercisewill include retracing the wetland boundaries and
placing mark stones.
//Cue in: “The process of…
Cue out:…of water”//
Kyeyune Senyonjo, the Pallisa Resident District Commissioner urged
residents who want to use wetland to seek permission from the district and get
guidelines of how to use the wetlands.
Cue in: “Omutima ogukiliza…
Cue out:….okulima omuchere”//
Constantine Olupoti the LCI Chairperson of Kabilapayi village in Pallisa sub-county
where the wetland is located urged the residents to respect the demarcations to
avoid being caught on the wrong side of the law.
Kirinya Ayubu is the URN Bureau Chief of Elgon/Bukedi Sub Regions . He holds a Bachelors Degree in Mass Communication from Islamic University in Uganda and a Diploma in Computer Science and Information Technology from the same University.