UTN News

ENVIRONMENT CONSERVATION: RIVER RWIZI UNDER ATTACK

Leaders in Mbarara district are calling on the National Environment Management Authority - NEMA, to apply military strategies in protecting the Wetlands and save the only historical River Rwizi which si the only source of water in 9 districts.

The leaders are concerned about human activities and urban development in the wetlands along River Rwizi which have continued to destroy the River resulting into severe siltation and poor quality water.

This was raised during the assessment of the environmental conditions in the River Rwizi, focusing the impacts of human activities in the districts of Mbarara, Sheema, Mitooma, Buhweju and Isingiro districts by NEMA Board.

River Rwizi flows through 9 districts providing water to communities for both human use and animals.

Siltation due to erosion is rampant, gold mining using mercury, the use of chemicals to dry wetlands for farming, deforestation, over harvesting of wood and the uncontrolled bush burning; all these have contributed to the degradation of the ecosystems, leaving R. Rwizi bare and severely silted.

NEMA Board members expressed concern over the destruction of River Rwizi saying most livelihoods depend on it and now wonder as to what the root cause of the problem could be.

Byte: MUHANGI ASAPH LC V CHAIRMAN MBARARA DISTRICT Byte: JECONIOUS MUSINGWIRE NEMA FOCAL PERSON SWR MBARARA

The Mbabara district Chairman , Muhangi Asaph sounded seemingly disturbed by such continuous wetland challenges and suggests that NEMA applies Military strategies if they are to save the historical river, saying the military never fails in executing their duties.

Byte: MUHANGI ASAPH LC V CHAIRMAN MBARARA DISTRICT

Muhangi also says NEMA should emulate the Uganda National Road Authority - UNRA by planting pillars to mark the boundaries of wetlands to avoid encroachment. Byte: MUHANGI ASAPH LC V CHAIRMAN MBARARA DISTRICT

Environmentalists like Prof. Eri Sabit, a NEMA Board Member shares with us his experience about R. Rwizi that he says it was a wonder with a lot to enjoy, but now saddening. Byte: PROF. ERI SABIT NEMA BOARD MEMBER

The Chairman NEMA Board Prof. Nyeko Pen-Mogi is concerned that the destruction of River Rwizi may not only affect the water flow but also the failure to conserve this River Rwizi might result into human suffering. Byte: PRO. NYEKO PENY MOGI CHAIRMAN NEMA BOARD

But the Mbarara leadership has already registered some success in saving the river, from encroachers who had destroyed Nyakambu – Kooga

Wetland in Maseruka sub county Sheema and Bukiru in Mbarara districts.

NEMA, working together with district leaders recovered 118 acres of the wetland that leads a river channel from Buhweju district. The success to restore this wetland was a result of sensitization of the community about the importance of the wetland, and empowering them to take charge in protection.

These were also encouraged to do income generating activities with support from Revolt, GIZ, National Water and Sewerage Corporation and NEMA to provide alternatives for livelihoods.

News

KAYIHURA RAPS CMI OVER ARREST OF POLICE CHIEFS

BY KENNEDY MUHIRE

The Inspector General of Police Gen Kale Kayihura has for the first time talked about the arrest of his senior Police Commanders, without his consent. Several of the Force's top brass especially in the elite section have been arrested by CMI and Military Police on different counts.

KAWEESI MURDER: FORMER KAYIHURA AIDE RECALLED FROM ALGERIA

BY KENNEDY MUHIRE

Former personal assistant to the Inspector General Of Police now an attaché to the Algerian government Jonathan Baroza has been ordered to report back home to battle charges related to the murder of the former police spokes person Andrew Felix Kaweesi.

FUFA LAUNCHES GABON 2017

Uganda’s Football governing body FUFA has launched a campaign to see the nation side; Uganda Cranes qualify for Africa Cup Of Nations 2017 in Gabon.

The Campaign coded “Mujje Tulumbe”, is to call for support from Uganda

Grief and Agony As Muslims Launch National Prayers In Masaka

Masaka - Moslems in Masaka and Wakiso Districts have launched a prayer session for the country to conduct a peaceful election set for 18th February. It was a special prayer session organized by Wakiso Duwa Development Association led by Sheik Muhammad Kawere. The session which was highly attended by various dignitaries, took place in the main Mosque in Masaka.

CLERGY BODY BLASTS DR NYANZI OVER NUDITY

The Uganda Joint Christian Council (UJCC) has blasted Dr. Nyanzi ‘s nudity acts at Makerere University following closure of her office this week. The Council stresses that Nyanzi’s act was uncalled for since other channels would be exploited to handles her issues with her superiors. Her nudity according to UJCC is utter exposure of God’s temple

BUSINESS AND TECHNICAL EXAMINATIONS START

Over sixty thousand Candidates from 387 centers across the country have started their Uganda Business and Technical examinations Board examinations. The exams commence at a time when the Board is still grappling with leadership of different Institutions over students’ failure to pay school dues.

KABAFUNZAKI CASE ADJOURNED

By UTN Reporter

Kololo - Embattled Minister of State for Labor Herbert Kabafunzaki has this afternoon appeared before the Anti corruption court for mention of his Corruption case and two others.

FDC'S DEPUTY SEC GEN ARRESTED

FDC’s deputy Secretary Harrold Kaija was today arrested from the party headquarters in Najjanankumbi while addressing journalists during their weekly press conference.

Plier to his arrest Kaija condemned the police for besieging

MUMBERE BAIL HEARING FOR 6th FEB

BY UTN REPORTER

Jinja - Hearing of the second bail application for Jailed Rwenzururu King Charles Wesley Mumbere has been fixed for 6th/February/2017 before Jinja High court. According to one of Mumbere's lawyers Evans Ochieng, this particular application has been allocated to Justice Michael Elabu.