The President termed it “wrong, dangerous and unnecessary” for people to interfere with the water bodies such as the lake showers, river banks, and swamps (granaries of water) for farming and other activities that not only contaminate but also drain water bodies.
Oyam RDC Swings Into Action
In a clear move seen as putting in perspective the Presidential order, the Oyam Resident District Commissioner Rtd ASP Hope Atuhaire on Wednesday led a team of Oyam district and Sub County officials on wetlands inspection and evaluation.
Atuhaire said the inspection had started in Okomo and Abyenek areas whose wetlands are heavily degraded.
The RDC implored the district officials to ensure that wetlands are preserved so as to ensure proper climate sustainability.
“As a district we are implementing a presidential directive to preserve wetlands, and we shall ensure wetlands in Oyam ate safe from encroachers,” said Atuhaire.
The President who was speaking during celebrations to mark 50years of National Water and Sewerage Corporation noted that the government would come out with clear plans to deal with encroachers once and for all.
Museveni asked the authorities in areas where people encroach on water bodies to act on the degraders before it’s too late.
“Why should this happen when there’s a government everywhere? So, please I warn all those leaders, why do they allow all this to happen under their care?” Museveni warned.