The Bunyangabu District Local Government has issued a 60-day ultimatum to individuals who have encroached on wetlands, instructing them to vacate voluntarily or face forcible eviction.

Authorities report that numerous people have continued to illegally reclaim wetlands for settlement and farming, posing a significant threat to the environment.  

Joshua Masereka, the Bunyangabu Resident District Commissioner (RDC), announced that an operation has been launched to warn and evict all encroachers from wetlands across the district.

Once all human activities are suspended, the district will re-demarcate all wetlands to facilitate easier preservation.       

Dominic Matsiko, the Buhesi sub-county chief, mentioned that the district has embarked on a mass sensitization campaign to educate people about the dangers of encroaching on wetlands to prevent potential natural disasters. 

Kabugho Linet, a resident of Katwebwa Sub County, acknowledged that many people encroached on the wetland due to a severe dry spell and requested that the district allow more time for them to harvest their crops.   

Last month, the National Environment Management Authority (NEMA) demolished more than 200 houses in an ongoing effort to evict people from the Lubigi catchment area in Nansana, Wakiso District.

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