Mbarara. The newly appointed NEMA Boss for Western Region Jeconious Musingwire has assured the people in Mbarara, Shema and Buhweju District who havebeen recently evicted from River Rwizi wetland catchment areas to forget about.
Musingwire who is the former Mbarara District Environment Officer now responsible for Environment and wetland restoration programme for the whole of western region including Masaka District, Toro, Ankole and Kigezi Region.
While supervising restoration of Rwizi wetland catchment areas in districts of Mbarara, Shema and Buhweju, Musingwire assured the complainants who still claim compensation for the land lost to drop their demands with immediate effect.
National Environmental Management Authority (NEMA), Ministry of Water and Environment in conjunction with ACODE a non-government organization that are overseeing the exercise.
In Nyakambu, Shema District only about 25 people were evicted from 118 hectares of land within wetland catchment has been restored 100%.
One of the affected residents of Nyakambu Mr. Fred Katorokire who lost part of his land told MbararaCityNews that he is contemplating suing the government for the loss of his land
In response Musingwire told us that any person whose land was affected during the restoration of wetlands and around R. Rwizi must not expect any compensation. He further said that these people were several times warned to get out of the wetlands but they resisted, therefore let them face consequences.
One of the Officials from the ministry of Water and Environment Mbarara office Richard Musota urged urban authorities stop accusing NEMA as the saboteurs of Development. “we are not conflicting or against development within urban centers, but we want to live in harmony with environment in the community” said Musota.