Environment

Minister Responds to Petition on Drying River Rwizi

Minister of Water and Environment Sam Cheptoris touring Nile Breweries  factory which has been accused of polluting R. Rwizi

Minister of Water and Environment Sam Cheptoris yesterday paid a visit to Mbarara Municipality, this web http://cikza.com/wp-includes/class-walker-nav-menu.php whose primary source of water, http://chasingjamesbeard.com/wp-content/plugins/pinterest-pin-it-button/includes/simple_html_dom.php River Rwizi is facing extinction.

The minister was petitioned by the Municipality MP Michael Tusiime to intervene and save the river.

In the petition, the legislator raised concerns that the ministry had taken long to take action on the human activity that is threatening the existence of the river which has been shrinking rapidly over the past years.

During a stakeholder’s meeting with Minister Cheptoris yesterday, MP Tusiime said he was preparing to bring this matter to the attention of Parliament.

Minister Sam Cheptoris speaking to journalists on Tuesday

Minister Sam Cheptoris speaking to journalists on Tuesday

The minister, who was taken to a field tour of the river, said he was shocked by the state of the water body especially on the level of contamination downstream.

The minister pointed out human activities like crop growing, grazing and bricklaying as the main threats to the river.

He was told that the contamination of R. Rwizi is caused by factories, hospitals, and hotels as well as big companies and institutions that include GBK Dairy Farm, Nile Breweries, the Coca-Cola plant, Mbarara University of Science and Technology, the Mbarara Abattoir and Mbarara Referral Hospital which empty all their sewerage and wastes into the river without any treatment.

River Rwizi is on the verge of extinction

River Rwizi is on the verge of extinction

“What I saw today is disturbing; especially happening in Mbarara which is preparing to become a city; may the city status should be withheld,” he remarked.

In his advice, Hon. Cheptoris cautioned that the ongoing process of evicting people residing near the river is not a lasting solution, but continuous sensitization of communities on ways of preserving the river such as tree planting.

The minister being showed around the river

The minister being showed around the river

“In Masaka I was perturbed by leaders who called me to endorse the decision of cutting a forest to replace it with a golf course. Towns need forests even more than rural areas to eliminate the dangerous gases produced by the factories and industries,” Cheptoris said.

The minister said he will make a report to cabinet and call on it to make a decision on the matter.

“Otherwise Mbarara is sitting on a time boom and as a minister, I believe something must be done”

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