The Katabi Town Council Chairperson, Ronald Gavins Kalema, says all developments that are in a 200-meter buffer zone must have environmental impact assessments from the National Environment Management Authority NEMA, which most developers dont have.
The Katabi town council chairperson, Ronald Kalema has opposed the construction of an Eco-tourism facility, eight meters away from Gerenge landing site. Gerenge is just 8 kilometers away from the main Entebbe road and next to Katoomi Kingdom resort in Garuga village in Katabi town council.
The landing site has an estimated 1,400 occupying about three acres of land. However, several parts of the landing site nearing the Lake shores have been closed off by those behind the Eco-tourism facilities.
Those who want to utilize the lake shore have been left with about a space of eight meters to access water. The residents use the lake for fishing and a source of water. Tito Kwesiga, the area chairperson, says residents are finding a hard time to access water, which is affecting their livelihood.
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The Katabi Town Council Chairperson, Ronald Gavins Kalema, says all developments that are in a 200-meter buffer zone must have environmental impact assessments from the National Environment Management Authority – NEMA, which most developers don't have.
Kalema indicated that well as the town council environment officer halted all development activities at the landing site until the developers conduct Environmental Impact Assessment, none has complied.
He now wants all activities that include construction of Gerenge Eco-tourism facility halted until all developers conduct Environmental Impact Assessments.
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Kalema also says such Eco - friendly facilities shouldn't lead to the displacement of people living in the nearby vicinity.
Humphrey Katende one of the investors constructing an Eco-tourism facility at the landing site, says he has an Environmental Impact Assessment report and can use the 200-meter buffer zone at the landing site.
He says he also owns the land where he is constructing his Eco-friendly facility.