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Environmentalists want Mandela Millers prosecuted over Busega wetland encroachment

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Environment Shield, a civic organisation, has petitioned the National Environment Management Authority (Nema) calling for the prosecution of the proprietors of Mandela Millers and Busega taxi offices for encroaching on the Busega wetland.

Through its CEO, Eron Kiiza, the organisation said the constitution of Uganda and the National Environment Management Act oblige everyone to create, respect, and protect the right to a clean and healthy environment.

“In pursuit of our constitutional, legal, and environmental obligations, we report to you the ongoing environmental attacks in Busega and Kampala. The attacks on wetlands have persisted for years with impunity, but for the sake of the environment, they must stop,” he said.

Busega wetland serves as a water catchment area, serving areas of Busega and Nateete, a Kampala city suburb. Recently, President Museveni said the issues of the environment— forests, lake shores, hilltops, etc.—are crucial for our survival. We need water and clean air. Both of them come from wetlands and forests.

“You cannot say that you are a patriot of Uganda when you damage our wetlands, forests, river banks, lake shores, and steep gradients on which our livelihood depends. Even food is possible because of air, water, etc. I will launch a mega campaign to get rid of this parasitism,” he said.

Speaking during Manifesto Week at the president’s office on Monday, Dr Barirega Akankwasah, the executive director of Nema, said there is a need to do more to suppress development in sensitive ecological systems, which is why, effective September 2, 2021, they suspended any further approval of developments of wetlands.

“You must have seen several operations going on, such as in Lubigi wetlands, and we are going to continue countrywide, funds permitting.” You must have seen operations going on, such as in Lubigi wetlands, and we are going to continue countrywide, funds permitting,” he said.

Tony Acidra, the communication manager at Nema, said Mandela Millers is operating legally. The company was granted an
environmental impact assessment certificate.

“What we are going to do is conduct an audit to establish whether they are complying with the approved procedures of operation. In case they are not compliant, there are punitive measures that ought to be taken, which include cancelling their certificate, compelling them to pay a fine, and others,” he said.

On the other hand, Acidri said the taxi park is operating illegally and that Nema is working with the local leadership to have it shifted to another place. 


0 #1 Elizabeth Nabawanuka 2023-05-17 09:42
Patriotism can be portrayed through protecting our environment, abusing the wetland is a complete sign that some Ugandans are not patriotic and do no mind what will happen if they continue abusing nature.
Nature is part of us #Justiceforourenvironment.
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-1 #2 Anti ignorance 2023-05-17 12:34
This ignorance again. The rain comes from the ocean, which is why it comes in seasons.

The oxygen we breath also comes from algae in the ocean. Rain and oxygen don't come from swamps. Swamps, rivers, and lakes come from rain.

Ugandan elites are ignorant and mal-educated people. Stop bothering a person like Mandela who is actually working. Swamps are a nuisance that need to be developed away into something like the kazinga channel. We have too many diseases coming from swamps.
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+1 #3 PaulM 2023-05-17 12:48
These Environmental impact assessments and certificates issued by NEMA are fake.

You don't need to be an environmental expert to see that Mandella millers is encroaching on Busega wetland. Money must have exchanged hands to allow this factory to go on
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0 #4 ugthinker 2023-05-17 17:08
Expecting patriotism from Somalis, Indians, Chinese etc is in my view misplaced!
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0 #5 kabayekka 2023-05-17 19:14
Of course such Nema give away expensive Ganda wetlands should be advertised for some months.

And then given out to the best bidder that would look after such lands properly. Unfortunately for reasons best known to Nema, such a proposal is unacceptable where there are trillions of shillings being milked freely from blantant corruption to invest in urban development nationwide!
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