Minister Kitutu to Dstrict Leaders: Environment Management is Your Mandate

The Minister of State for Water and Environment, cialis 40mg http://csnn.ca/wp-includes/class.wp-scripts.php Hon. Dr. Mary Gorrety Kitutu has called upon District leaders to address environmental challenges in their regions as mandated by the constitution.

Hon. Kitutu, made the wakeup call in a consultative meeting organised by The National Environment Management Authority (NEMA) to political and technical leaders from the districts of Mbarara, Ibanda, Buhweju, Bushenyi, Mitooma, Rubirizi, Isingiro, Kiruhura. Sheema, Ntugamo, Kanungu, Ntoroko and Bundibugyo.

She remarked that the South Western Part of Uganda is rich in biodiversity, but is warming faster than any other regions in Uganda citing the rampant encroachment on fragile ecosystems like wetlands, river banks and hilly areas.

Dr. Kitutu also challenged the leaders to take up their mandate since environment management is a decentralised function inclusive of bylaws formulation and enforcement.

The NEMA Executive Director, Dr. Tom Okurut, in his opening remarks challenged the District leaders including the Chairpersons, Chief Administrative Officers (CAOs) and District Planning Officers to prioritise the environment sector, giving reference to a district that recently allocated only Nine Hundred Thousands shillings (900,000/=) as a yearly budget for the environment department.

Dr. Okurut also warned that our middle income dream of 2020 will only come if we full heartedly internalise our environment as the principal driver for achieving this target.

The National Environment Act, 1995, institutes environmental management institutions including, District Environment Officers, District Environment Committees (DECs) and Local Environment Committees (LECs) to coordinate, monitor and oversee environment management in the Districts and Lower Local Governments. While the above institutions are in place in Districts, the Environment and Natural Resources continue to be given low priority and as such environmental degradation is taking place in many districts with little/or minimal efforts to abate the levels of degradation.

On his part, the Mbarara District Chairperson, Capt. John Bosco Banturaki, said that his administration had rescinded the plan to give away Bwizibwera local forest reserve to individuals, a decision that had been reached by the former administration.


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