DRDC Lyavala warns wetland encroachers in Amolatar

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In order to take proactive steps to conserve the wetland in the district, the deputy resident district commissioner for Amolatar has instructed the district environment officer to demarcate the wetland.

On Tuesday, August 29, 2023, in his office, Counsel Amed Lyavala stated that they were awaiting the environment office’s report in order to put the president’s order into effect.

According to Lyavala, the office of the resident district commissioner has identified a small number of wetlands and is awaiting the entire list they will need to utilize to carry out the instructions.

He continued by saying that action should be taken now since there has been extensive community participation and radio-based wetland sensitization.

He advised people who were still building and growing on wetlands to stop before the law came after them.

Lyavala stated that ignorance shall never serve as a defense and that much work has been done to inform the public that the time to act is now.

If people wish to breathe clean air, he advised folks who formerly had crops in their gardens to harvest them rather than re-cultivate them.

When reached, Mr. Omara Apollo, the district environment officer, verified the news and stated that the procedure and sensitization have already begun.

Omara stated that the process is ongoing and that everyone is doing their best to determine the effects of evicting the community and any potential solutions in case there are any negative effects.

Yoweri Kaguta Museveni Tibahaburwa, the president of Uganda, gave the RDCs and RCCs until to December 31, 2023, to begin evicting wetlands encroachers last year.