Although Richard Kyambadde, the National Environment Management Authority-NEMA principal wetlands officer claims halting dumping and establishing of any development in the area, LCI Chairperson Richard Lugoloobi says the abuse has continued since there was no security deployment made to stop the perpetrators who are committed to destroying the environment, nor to identify them.
Residents of Kiwanga Village in Goma Division of Mukono
Municipality have criticized dumping of soils in Namanve wetland by unknown people during
Residents claim that since last month, piles of soil
have been dumped in the wetland in areas close to Namyoya forest and later near
Victory Center church.
According to the local council-LCI Chairperson
Richard Lugoloobi, the move is likely to affect water flow at Namyoya stream and
Nakiyanja stream which connects to Namugongo.
Lugoloobi preempts that however is behind the dumping
may have intentions of permanently destroying wetlands to establish development
schemes or selling to investors establish factories.
Although, Richard Kyambadde, the National Environment
Management Authority-NEMA principal wetlands officer claims halting further
dumping and establishing any development in the area, Lugoloobi says the
process has continued since there was no security deployment made to scare away
opportunists committed to destroying the environment nor identify them.
Robert Ssozi, a resident at Seeta says several
residents without access to piped water use the wetland to fetch water. He is
as well scared that with its destruction, the entire Namanve is likely face
disastrous flooding especially during rainy seasons.
//Cue in: “Tulina obuzibu bwa…
Cue out: …wegugenda okuyita”//
Peter Sseryazi, another resident appeals to the
government intervene with a planned strategy to manage development in Namanve. According
to him, the remaining wetland serves as a catchment area for pollutants coming
from factories and once it is destroyed will end up in their houses.
//Cue in: “Ssawa yaleero…
Cue out: …wegasobola kuyita”//
Samuel Odongo, the Mukono district secretary for environment
and natural resources says they have learnt about the dubious invasion on Namanve
wetlands. He reveals that he has constituted a special committee to identify, probe and expose the
individuals behind dumping of soil in wetlands.