MPs Protest Cane Growing in Ssezibwa Wetland

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Amos Lugoloobi, the Ntenjeru North Member of Parliament told Uganda Radio Network URN that currently the wetland is drained and partially planted with sugarcane.

Legislators from Kayunga district are concerned about the ongoing expansion of sugar plantations to Ssezibwa wetland. Amos Lugoloobi, the Ntenjeru North MP, says the wetland has been drained and partially planted with sugarcane.
George Nsamba Kumama, the Bbaale County MP, suspects that the continuous encroachment on the wetland could be connected to earlier proposals by Uganda Land Commission to allocate the wetland to an investor for Sugar cane growing.

Kumama says despite claims by the Lands Ministry to have stopped the proposed land giveaway, there are indications of sugarcane growing in Ssezibwa wetland.

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In August 2016, Kayunga district authorities protested the proposed allocation of the wetland to an investor in a petition to the National Environmental Authority-NEMA. It came after Baguma Isoke, the Uganda Land Commission Chairperson wrote to Kayunga district leadership asking them to lease the wetland that spans Mukono, Kayunga, Nakasongola and Luweero district to Fakhri Enterprises Limited. 
Baguma also wrote to the commissioner of surveys and mappings requesting him to allow a Fakhri Enterprises Ltd to survey the wetland with intentions of leasing it for five years extendable to 49 years. The wetland measures 80 miles and drains into Lake Kyoga. 

However, Lands, Housing and Urban Development Minister, Betty Amongi, says the decision to allocate the wetland to the investor was rescinded. She says lands ministry officials will soon visit the area to sensitize residents on the importance of wetlands as well as ensure that no sugarcane growing continues in the wetland.


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Olive Nakatudde
Olive Nakatudde is a URN journalist based in Kampala. Nakatudde has been a URN staff member since 2013.

Nakatudde started out in journalism in 2009 with Dembe FM radio in Kampala. In 2012, Nakatudde joined Voice of Africa as a political reporter. She has been a photographer since her journalism school days at Makerere University.

Nakatudde is interested in good governance and public policy, which she reports on intensively from the Uganda Parliament. She is a keen follower of cultural affairs in Buganda Kingdom and covers the kingdom's Lukiiko (parliament). Nakatudde also reports on education and health.