Nakasongola Stuck With Proposed Environmental Ordinances

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In 2008, Nakasongola district environmental sector drafted four ordinances to support the operationalisation of other laws like the Water and National Environment Management Act and district environment policy.

Nakasongola district has failed to discuss and pass four proposed ordinances intended to restore and protect the environment. In 2008, Nakasongola district environmental sector drafted four ordinances to support the operationalisation of other laws like the Water and National Environment Management Act and district environment policy.

 
The ordinances were intended to promote sustainable use of the environment and natural resources. The proposed ordinances included the restoration of Wild plants and animal's ordinance, the forestry and tree planting ordinance, the water systems and resources ordinance and rangeland management ordinance among others

 
However, James Bond Kunobere, the Nakasongola District Environment Officer, says none of the proposed laws has been discussed by the district council.  He attributes this to the failure by the environment sector to raise funds to facilitate consultations of residents in formulation of the ordinances.
 
 
The sector only receives Shilling 4 million each financial year, which is used for administration and monitoring activities.


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According to Kunobere, the district has lost the battle to uncontrolled tree cutting due to lack of lack of an enabling law. The district is also battling land degradation, deforestation and severe drought among others.
 
According to Nakasongola district Agriculture department, over 800 cows die annually due to severe drought. Charles Bogere, the former Speaker Nakasongola District, regrets the failure to discuss and pass the ordinances. 




He however, faults the environment sector for not tabling the proposed ordinances for consideration, saying council wasn't aware of their urgency. Sam Kigula, the LC 5 Chairperson Nakasongola District has committed himself to ensure the ordinances are passed to save the environment.



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The Nakasongola environment policy (2008) tasks the district to adopt and enforce the ordinances to restore and promote the conservation of natural resources.
 

 

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Brian Luwaga
Since Brian Luwaga joined Uganda Radio Network in 2011, he is still amazed how, "URN is a place that gives journalists a chance to enhance their skills . It gives a journalist an opportunity to adopt and master various aspects of journalism that include radio broadcast, social media, photography and television production."

A practicing journalist since 2009, first with Star FM, Luwaga has always been keen to write about the concerns of the "common person." Based for much of his career in Luweero, Luwaga takes it as a compliment if politicians complain that his reporting is too harsh.

In his journalism, Luwaga likes to merge the past with the present. He believes you cannot understand what is happening now, if you do not have a grounding in the past. Brian Luwaga is the Luweero URN bureau chief. Nakasongola, Nakaseke, Mityana, Mubende and Wakiso districts fall under his docket.

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