Mbarara: NEMA asked to Work with RDCs to combat wetland encroachment

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The National Environmental Management Authority NEMA and Active
Citizens Uganda ACU a civil society organization CBO have been advised to collaborate with the office of Resident District Commissioner if they are to have positive results in restoration of degraded wetlands and to ensure effective sustainability in preservation and protection.

The Deputy Resident District Commissioner Mbarara Emmy
Turyabagyenyi Kateera gave the advice while officiating at the closing
of one day stakeholders organized and facilitated by Victoria Water
Management Zone under Ministry of Water and Environment at Mbarara regional water and environment conference room Boma.

Turyabagyenyi warned the Uganda Police Force and other public
enforcement agencies on environmental management to avoid being
compromised and corrupted by refusing to listen to stupid excuses from suspected affected wetland abusers who claim to be having land title which are known to be null and void in the government.

The Regional Manager National Environment Management Authority Mbarara Jeconious Musingwire  who chaired the meeting  said the purpose was to bring all stakeholders on boards from Rwizi-Ruharo, Kashanyarazi, Rwizi-Ruti and Ekirihe cells to get involved in smooth demarcation of boundaries on River Rwizi.

Musingwire explained that the boundaries which were established are
well known by the government and those who are trying to engage the government in courts of laws are just wasting their time dealing with bad case.

Musingwire clarified that the established and recognized boundaries on River Rwizi where pillars were planted were well captured in the computerized government inventory warning all those who vandalized government pillars to have wasted their time.

He said the first fifty meters from the centre of the river are strictly for nature reserve and next fifty for multipurpose use within agreed guidelines with NEMA to prevent further degradation of the environment in the buffer area of the river.

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