Kampala at risk of flooding as investor takes over Lubigi

Kampala at risk of flooding as investor takes over Lubigi

Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA) verified the giving away of Lubigi wetland which is said to be one of the head flood protector around the areas surrounding Wakiso-Mpigi, and Kampala districts. These areas are likely to suffer floods. KCCA said that the investor has already enclosed North-west part of Kampala.

On Friday Mr Peter Kaujju the KCCA spokesman said that the owner has plans to put a warehouse and KCCA officially agreed as his plans. Already a temporary board fence has been set upright on property near the water treatment plant. The area is facing the National Water and Sewerage Cooperation treatment plant and evaluates to more than an acre.

Mr Wilberforce Wanyama the Wetlands and aquatic specialist at Ministry of Water and Environment confirmed that the investor had been provided with an Environmental Impact Assessment permit which allows him to construct in the wetlands. Mr Wanyama said that the investor got the Environment Impact Assessment from National Environment Management Authority and the permit was issued this year.

Dr Tom Okurut the NEMA executive Director however opposed the issuing of such permit saying they did not permit the development in such a critical area that guards Bwaise,Namugoona and Busega among others from flooding. Dr Okurut who was not in the country last week said in the text message saying that NEMA has not given the fenced wetland to anyone and they neither approved it instead the actors have been asked to remove their fence.

Section 36 of the National Environment Act provides for protection of wetlands and forbids any person from reclaiming, erecting or demolishing any structure that is fixed in, on, under or above any wetland.


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