Hoima Municipality Demolishes Two Houses

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Godfrey Muhumuza, the physical planner Hoima municipality says that, the houses were only 15 meters away from the stream, which is in breach of environmental protection laws.

Hoima municipality has demolished two houses that were illegally constructed close to Wambabya stream in Kiryatete West. Godfrey Muhumuza, the physical planner Hoima municipality says that, the houses were only 15 meters away from the stream, which is in breach of environmental protection laws.
 
The law provides for a protective zone of 30 minutes. The affected houses belong to Francis Akugizibwe and David Asiimwe, both residents of Kiryatete West. According to Muhumuza, despite rejecting the plans submitted by the duo they went ahead and built the houses without authorization.
 
He says the operation will continue to ensure that all structures built within the wetland buffer zones are demolished. Muhumuza says he is now in collaboration with the municipal environment officer to compile a list of all wetland encroachers so that they are pushed out.

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A fortnight ago, Ronald Kyamanywa, the Hoima Municipal environment officer most of the proprietors of the buildings in the wetlands are not known, while those who occupy them are hesitant to identify the owners. Uganda Radio Network could not readily trace owners of the demolished houses for a comment. However, some local leaders appear to be against the exercise.
 
Gabriel Dema, the Central Ward Councilor in Kahoora Division says the exercise is being implemented without the consent of stakeholders especially the Division leadership. Most of the affected wetlands are in Kahoora Division. For a year now, Hoima municipal council has been warning to drive out all encroachers from wetlands in vain.