By Wilber Muhwezi Kasibante
One of the sheema municipal divisions environmental committee to save River Rwizi in western Uganda
SHEEMA Municipal council has formed environmental committees to save River Rwizi and other neighboring wetlands.
According to the town clerk; Geoffrey Bamanyisa the committees are based at the divisions of Sheema central, Kabwohe, Kagango and Kashozi. He added that there are even such committees at wards which boarder wetlands.
Mr. Bamanyisa added that there is a committee based at the municipal headquarters whose work is to coordinate the four committees in the four divisions.
He told www.mknewslink.com editor today afternoon Oct 17, 2017 that the wetlands they are focusing include; Ngoma in Kiziba Kagango division which is the source of River Rwizi waters, Kandekye wetland at the border of Bushenyi and Sheema districts. Kagango wetland near Kagango market and Kooga wetland at the border of Mbarara and Sheema districts.
Bamanyaisa says according to their work plan they want within one year to have cut all perennial crops and trees that are planted in the mentioned wetlands.
He further revealed that the municipal authorities have support from the district chairman/acting mayor; Can. David Kabigumira, RDC Willy Turyamubona , civil servants and the entire community of Sheema district.
He said that of recent, River Rwizi started facing water reduction due to encroachment on the wetlands by human activities.
As a solution to the above problems, he says they have resolved to restore the above mentioned wetlands which serve as the water sources. The amount of rainfall in these areas has reduced as a result of encroachment on the wetlands.
He noted that the environmental committees have already started arresting and taking to court people who don’t comply with regulations set in the NEMA Act.
Source:www.mknewslink.com; a western Uganda news website.
Sheema RDC Willy Turyamubona [holding a phone] in an operation with the committees to evict residents from wetlands.
A police officer destroying sugar cane in wetland in sheema municiplity