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.
Municipal leaders in Entebbe have
demolished all structures constructed in buffer zones along the shoreline of
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
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.
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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.
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Cue out… abantu bafiira
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