RELIGIOUS LEADERS ASKED TO JOIN CAMPAIGN TO PROTECT ENVIRONMENT
By Deo Okoodi
The First Lady Janet Museveni has appealed to religious leaders to join government in the fight against destruction of environment.
She said the mist that used to cover valleys and hill tops every morning have completely disappeared and have since been replaced by dry spell which has made soils look like they no long contain any soil fertility.
Janet Museveni who was presiding over a Fundraising drive for Immaculate Heart secondary school at the school campus in Rukungiri Municipality on Monday said the situation is worrying and should not be left to government alone in trying to reverse the trend.
Recently President Yoweri Museveni while speaking at celebrations to mark world environment day said protecting environment is matter of life and death for human race and directed for the enforcement of environmental protection laws
But the principal environment officer for the western region Jeconious Musingwire said recovering degraded natural resources remain a challenge since very little money is allocated to environment and wet land management sector both central and district budgets.
He said Mbarara district alone allocates 1.8 million shillings quarterly to the sector which is not enough to restore one hectare of a degraded wet land that requires more than two millions.
However Beatrice Rwakimari the woman MP Ntungamo district, promised to lobby executive to ensure that more money is allocated to NEEMA and ministry of water and environment so that they can do their best to protect natural resources in the country