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.
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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.