Encroachment on wetlands in Buhweju district has been attributed to lack of enough funds to enforce environmental protection laws.
This is was observed by the Active citizens Uganda a community organization based in Mbarara that fights for environmental protection better health and education among others during its visit in Buhweju district this week.
During the visit, the environmental officer Buhweju Celemesia Birungi noted that the district receives only 3 million shs annually towards environmental protection which he said isn’t enough to carry out all their activities.
The organization members therefore urged government to intervene and increase on the funds to enable enforcement of environmental protection laws.
Polly Munyambi the chairman Active citizens Uganda the visit was done as one way of restoring the water catchments of river Rwizi because Buhweju is the origin of river Rwizi.
Emmy Kateera Turyabagyenyi the RDC Buhweju district says they have been addressing the issue but the present generation has kept the deaf ear but as leaders they are not going to keep on watching them.
Emmy Kateera Turyabagyenyi the RDC Buhweju commended the pressure group for joining them to save the environment.
During the visit, the group uprooted several gardens of millet and smashed down farms that were found in the wetlands in the Sub counties of Kalungu and Rwengwe both in Buhweju district