Rukiga District Residents Seek Answers Amidst Uncertainty in Wetland Restoration Project
RUKIGA –Residents in Rukiga District are dissatisfied with the government’s program aimed at restoring the Muhanga-Kandago-Burime Wetland System, involving the eviction of locals engaging in activities like brickmaking and cultivation.
The program “Building Resilient Communities, Wetland Ecosystems, and Associated Catchments in Uganda” is purposed for the restoration of 250 hectares for the Wetland System in Bukinda Sub County and Muhanga Town Council in Rukiga district.
During the program launch yesterday in Kabimbiri cell, Kyerero Parish in Bukinda Sub County, residents expressed concern about losing their source of livelihood without clear compensation plans from the government.
Gideon Akampurira, the Rukiga District Councilor representing Bukinda Sub County, highlighted challenges residents are facing along the implementation of this program and called for compensation before eviction, as the land served as collateral for loans, raising concerns about repayment hindrances.
Mbabazi Robert Kakwerere, the Rukiga District LCV chairperson, urged residents to cooperate with the authorities, emphasizing the program’s long-term benefits amidst worries about climate change caused by wetland encroachment.
Emmanuel Ariho, the Rukiga District Environment Officer, assured alternative livelihoods for those affected by the program, stressing its positive impact on wetland restoration.