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Diversion of Sewerage Pipes in Wetlands Irk Division Leaders in Gulu

Moses Abonga, the Laroo Division LC 3 Chairperson reveals that several parts of the wetlands have been cultivated, adding that farmers use contaminated water to irrigate vegetables, which is a threat to public health and safety.
Moses Abonga, LC 3 Chairperson of Laroo Division pointing at a pipe from a toilet connected underneath into a wetland water channel along Pece stream in Gulu Municipality - Photo by Dominic Ochola

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Division authorities in Gulu municipality are concerned over the discharge of waste into wetlands. 

Private developers who have encroached and settled in wetlands especially in Limu and Forest Sub-Wards along Pece stream in Laroo and Pece Divisions have connected sewerage pipes from septic tanks into wetlands.

Brian Mungu, a resident of Bardege Division disclosed that the menacing practice is being carried out with impunity by several households along Kasubi watercourse that stretches behind Gulu Independent Hospital and flows towards the Airfield.

 

Moses Abonga, the Laroo Division LC 3 Chairperson reveals that several parts of the wetlands have been cultivated, adding that farmers use contaminated water to irrigate vegetables, which is a threat to public health and safety.

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According to Abonga, the National Environment Management Authority – NEMA and the Water and Environment Ministry have failed to evoke the relevant laws to conserve the environment.

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Alfred Oluba, the Layibi Division LC 3 Chairperson expressed concern that the fight against wetland encroachment has become extremely challenging due to the laxity of the laws characterized by inequality before the law.

Other wetlands in Layibi have been encroached onto by individuals undertaking activities such as farming and car washing among others.