NEMA To Evict 4000 Residents From Entebbe Wetland

Housing Structures To Demolished Over Looking Namiiro Swamp In Entebbe

By Peacock Kaweesa

The National Environment Management  Authority  has finalized plans to evict over five thousands residents  in  the Namiiro wetland in Entebbe. 

   This follows after the NEMA commissioner   in charge of wetlands and environment Collins Oloya writing a letter dated November,29th 2018  to the local authorities and residents to vacate the swamp  stretching from  Nakiwogo landing site through  Lugonjo to Kigungu.

House Structure Under Construction Next To Namiiro Wetland In Entebbe

 Housing Structures To Demolished Over Looking Namiiro Swamp In Entebbe

The water and environment ministry is set to evict thousands of residents over  continuously degrading the swamp and operating in a fragile eco-system without the environmental impact and social assessment and relevant permits.

The Entebbe Municipal Authourities and residents are bitter and panicking over the development to evict encroachers from the swamp.

The  local authorities on  Sunday organized  a heated  meeting  to draw a road map  to bail out  the  affected residents.

However, the area councilor Margaret Namakula  and other leaders are  bitter   over the fishy move .

In 2006, the former Lands State Minister Baguma Isoke wrote a letter  to the former Mayor Steven  Kabuye handing over the controversial land to the municipality and Wakiso district land board.

The latest development, residents  have  built  in the 200-meter buffer zone of the wetland with churches, schools and  residential houses with  contravenes the second schedule of the NEMA Act and the Environmental Standing regulations.  The regulation empowers any local authority to preserve and protect wetlands.

However the  division chairmen, Stanley Namayirira and Micheal Kabwama are side lining with the residents not to vacate the wetland.

The Entebbe Town Clerk Charles Magumba says that wetlands are important in protecting the environment and social impact  of beautifying Entebbe as it positions it’s self as a tourism city.

However the NEMA Executive  Director Tom Okurut   maintains that all those that encroached on the wetland should vacate.

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