Active Citizens Uganda a community based organization in Mbarara has started a campaign to mobilize and sensitize communities living along River Rwizi buffer zone on its usefulness, preservation and sustainability.
This was disclosed by the Chairperson Active Citizens Uganda PollyÂ Muyambi during a review and planning meeting following a tour of theÂ depleted origin of River Rwizi in Buhweju district that was held in Mbarara town over the weekend Muyambi informed the meeting that during the guided tour that was led by the District Natural Resource Officer Buhweju Clemensia Birungi and the RDC Buhweju Emmy Kateera Turyabagyenyi they visited the main origin of River Rwizi at Kyenjogyera in Bitsya Sub County its tributaries of Kibimba, Kanunka and Nyakiraguju that connect in Muzira Nyakambu Sheema district.
He explained that cultivators have drained the wetlands that used toÂ hold the water for a long period of time by digging deep drainageÂ channels to create more land for crop growing where as cattle keepersÂ have turned them into farm lands.
Other environmental challenges in the River Rwizi buffer zone includedÂ sand mining, brick making, motorcycle and car washing, deforestation,Â abattoirs, construction of houses in addition to mushrooming factoriesÂ that claim to have conducted Environmental Impact Assessment EIA.
Muyambi called upon environmentalists, local leaders, religious leaders, business community, NGOs, the Ministry of Water and Environment and concerned citizens in Uganda to join them in restoring the depleted wetlands.