NEMA to displace Lubigi encroachers
The National Environmental Management Authority-NEMA has vowed to evict over 2000 traders illegally occupying Lubigi swamp. On Thursday last week, over 2000 vendors descended on Lubigi swamp, cleared it before erecting stalls.
Richard Lubwama, the vendor’s chairperson told URN shortly after that they decided to occupy the swamp to prove to government that they wanted to work but had nowhere to work. Waisswa Ayazika, NEMA’s Director Environmental Monitoring and Compliance says that, they have agreed with Kampala Capital City Authoirty, the area Resident District Commissioner and police to evict the traders from the swamp.
Waisswa explains that during a meeting chaired by Dr. Gerald Saula, acting executive director NEMA it was resolved that KCC law enforcement officers carry out the eviction under the supervision of police.
Richard Lubwama, chairman of Uganda Volunteer Patriotic Organisation, says that they will move away if ordered to leave by government. Despite this several people are flocking to Lubigi to get to get areas to erect their stalls. Dr. Aryamanya Mugisha, the executive director of NEMA says the encroachers must get out of the wetland or risk the full force of the law.
This is not the first time NEMA is displacing encroachers from Lubigi wetland. In 2009, officers from NEMA and the Uganda Police Force displaced Bemba Musota, a witch doctor from the wetland before another group occupied the swamp.