The Ministry of Water and Environment has launched a demarcation exercise along River Rwizi in Mbarara following the drastic reduction of water levels.
The exercise is expected to culminate in the eviction of hundreds of families residing in close proximity with the Municipality’s primary source of water.
During a stakeholders meeting held in Mbarara Municipality Hall Richard Musota, try http://dan.rabarts.com/wp-includes/ms-default-filters.php the Ministry’s Principle Water Officer announced that the demarcation phase on R. Rwizi catchment is underway.
The ministry’s initiative is said to have been sought by Ignatius Byaruhanga, the former Isingiro district chairman together with other leaders from the 8 districts of Bushenyi, Mbarara, Isingiro, Rakai, Sheema, Kiruhura, Lyantonde and Buhweju in 2013 to protect the drying river.
Byaruhanga told the meeting that the river’s water level has drastically changed over the past decades and that it can now be easily cross. As a result he noted, National Water and Sewerage Corporation will soon find trouble pumping water for the expanding municipality.
“Government is attracting investors to come in Uganda; but even the few present in the country have no water to use,” he said.
Some of the activities pointed out which have contributed to the drying of the river include overgrazing, farming, sand mining, brick laying ,swamp and wetland clearing across the 8 districts.
“Instead of water flowing, it’s only sand which runs through Rakai to L. Victoria now. This is a man made challenge and we must address it ourselves.
During the meeting, resident blamed Mbarara Municipal leaders for allocating several factories like Pearl diary, Nile Breweries, GBK, and Coca-Cola plant in water catchment areas.
On this matter, Mbarara Mayor Robert Kakyebezi promised that there would be no more licensing of people to construct in water catchment areas and that the impending evictions will be conducted without mercy.
“The president warned us to act on R.Rwizi when he was in Boma and that is what we are going to do,” he said