Gov’t Considers New Courts For Encroachers

hospital sans-serif; color: #222222;”>This was revealed by the minister of Water and Environment, this site Ephraim Kamuntu, who said that in Uganda, many people unlawfully encroach on wetlands because of weak laws.

According to him, this trend has affected ozone layer hindering the development of agriculture.

Appearing before the Natural Resources Committee of Parliament, Hon Kamuntu noted that this proposal has been approved by cabinet and it’s going to be tabled on the floor of parliament any time.

He added that this will minimise wetland destruction and noted that no compensation will be done if a person is convicted of wetland encroachment.

Government will also regulate private wetlands and the owner of the private wetlands will have to secure a permit through application to avoid the wetland abuse.

The ministry of Environment will also develop an atlas showing all wetlands in the country to eliminate excuses by those who abuse them claiming ignorance.

The shadow minister of Environment, Beatrice Atim Anywar, opposed because governments’ intentions of favouring some people most, especially the foreign investors.

Legislators on the committee chaired by Michael Werikhe who included John Ken Lukyamuzi, and Beatrice Atim Anywar among others tasked the Minister to explain why government has failed to implement the ban on polythene bags.


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