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Entebbe Municipality Demolishes Structures Constructed in Buffer Zones

According to the National Environment Management Authority-NEMA, the Buffer Zone, an area of land preserved for environment protection, is estimated to cover 200 meters from a shoreline of a wetland or any water body.
Some of the demolished structures constructed in buffer zones in Entebbe

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Municipal leaders in Entebbe have demolished all structures constructed in buffer zones along the shoreline of Lake Victoria.  

According to the National Environment Management Authority-NEMA, the Buffer Zone, an area of land preserved for environment protection, is estimated to cover 200 meters from a shoreline of a wetland or any water body.   

However, several developers within Entebbe municipality had constructed permanent structures with the buffer zone.  But the municipal authorities led by Entebbe Division A chairperson Mike Kabwama Mutebi, Environment Officers and Police raided all beaches on Wednesday and demolished the structures.  

The destruction affected five beaches, where all buildings were razed after their owners failed to produce an environmental impact assessments report that allowed the construction of permanent structures in buffer zones.   

Mutebi says it is the mandate of the municipal council maintain the shoreline and keep it free from destructive human activities. “We need to guide development. Our work is not to ensure that all development within the area is legal and well thought about,” he says.   

Raul Zakha, a beach owner whose structures were demolished along Anderita stretch says the municipal council was unfair because one of the operators was given time to vacate the said premises.  

//Cue in; “That’s not the …  

Cue out… that’s not fair.”//   

But residents within the municipality welcomed the move to demolish all structures along the shoreline saying that they had for long been denied access to the lake.   

//Cue in; “ebikomera bino bitukoseza …  

Cue out… abantu bafiira mumazzi.”//   

There has been massive encroachment on the buffer zones, wetlands and forested areas in Entebbe Municipality over the last 10 years, the municipal authorities had for long not acted on such demolition which greatly impacted on climate within the area.     

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