By Ben Musanje
27th July 2021
The government has issued 13 new conservation environmental directives that will see all people who have encroached on public forest reserves, lake shores, wetlands and riverbanks evicted with immediate effect.
Addressing a news conference at the Uganda Media Center in Kampala this Tuesday afternoon, the State Minister for Environment Beatrice Anywar said that all decisions were taken during the cabinet meeting on Monday Chaired by President Museveni at State House Entebbe in which they agreed to cancel all titles in wetlands and prosecute Ministry of land officials who issued them.
Anywar says that other directives taken to conserve the environment include; a ban on rice growing and other crops in wetlands as well as mobilizing and reorganizing encroachers in rural wetlands to engage into alternative sustainable environment.
Anywar further says that Cabinet directed the importation of treated utility poles and the Construction of industries in wetlands be banned with immediate effect and those issuing license to them be arrested.
Meanwhile, she has also revealed that some owners of the recently cancelled 400 land titles in wetlands have ran to court seeking compensation which Government is not ready to pay.