Two months after the Environmental Police was established, the abuse of wetlands has continued unabated in the city, with Kinawataka, one of the largest water catchment areas, being hit by pollution from various industries and land reclamation.

Sections of the wetland have been reclaimed up to Butabikka where it pours into Lake Victoria. Residents accuse factories of disposing chemical waste into the wetland.

When Daily Monitor visited the swamp on Wednesday, trucks were seen ferrying soil into a section of the swamp. Mr David Nyiiro, a guard this newspaper found at the premises, said the dumping has been going on for the last four months and the project belongs to a foreign investor.

“We get between 120 and 200 trucks here daily and this has been going on for the last four months.
Environmental Police commandant Godfrey Taire Idwege confirmed the development, saying he received a formal complaint on Wednesday.

“We received the complaint yesterday and we are investigating the matter and what we are finding is that there are people who were allocated the wetland but they are not following the guidelines they were given,” he said.

However, the National Environment Management Authority (Nema) yesterday said they are not aware of the development. Nema spokesperson Naomi Karekaho cited night dumping, but said she will cross-check with the office.

By Stephen Otage, Daily Monitor

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