By Gilbert Mugisha Karengye
Encroachment on wetlands in Buhweju district has been attributed to limited funds to enforce environmental protection laws.
This is was observed by the Active citizens Uganda (ACU), a community organization based in Mbarara that fights for environmental protection, better health and education among others on visiting Buhweju last week.
While there, the Environmental Officer Buhweju, Celemesia Birungi noted that the district receives only Shs3m annually towards environmental protection, which he said is not enough to support all their activities.
The organization members therefore urged government to intervene and increase on the funds to enable enforcement of environmental protection laws.
Polly Munyambi, the Chairman ACU said the trip was part of the moves to restore the water catchments of Rwizi since Buhweju is the origin of the river.
Emmy Kateera Turyabagyenyi, the RDC Buhweju, says they have been addressing the issue but the present generation has “kept a deaf ear” but as “leaders they are not going to keep on watching.”
Turyabagyenyi also commended the pressure group for joining them to save the environment.
Mugisha Gilbert Karengye, the coordinator ACU, emphasized on the need to keep the campaign vibrant as they visit more districts to sensitize on saving wetlands.
Karengye called on the Locals who have encroached on wetlands and other natural resources to vacate them to avoid climatic problems including that has recently heat greater Ankole region.
During the visit, the group uprooted several gardens of millet and smashed down farms that were found in the wetlands in the sub-counties of Kalungu and Rwengwe both in Buhweju.