By Olivia Nabaggala
17th March 2023
The Inter-Religious Council of Uganda (IRCU) has pleaded to the National Environment management Authority (NEMA) to halt the implementation of the National Environment Act 2019.
The act will come into operation starting 1st April this year criminalizing noise pollution, depositing or littering from cars or driving a car without a dustbin among others attracts a fine of 6 million shillings.
NEMA says this is intended to deter non-compliance to environment laws and to prevent environmental degradation.
While interacting with stakeholders who included religious leaders, bar owners, tax operators among others on the environmental breaches and express penalties, Herbert Buyondo a member of the Health committee at the IRCU noted that there is no way NEMA and KCCA can implement this Act without first sensitizing Ugandans.
The Vice Chairperson of the Uganda Taxi Operators’ Federation Mustafah Mayambala vowed not to adhere to the Act as taxi operators since it contains harsh penalties and on top of that they were not consulted.
However, the KCCA Deputy Executive Director Eng. David Luyimbaazi said they will enforce the law by penalizing errant members of the public and all those who violate wetlands, River banks and lake shore.