President Yoweri Museveni has cautioned Ugandans against destroying the environment. The President made the remarks last week, during marking of World Environment Day in Ibanda district.
“Protecting the environment is a matter of life and death for humanity. We must do all it takes to protect the environment lest we perish”, he said.
The President in addition said; all those interfering with nature are doing a great disservice to themselves and will ultimately pay a heavy price.”God created for us a wonderful environment to live in but by degrading it, we are going against his will. Water is our life and we should not interfere with anything to do with water or the environment”, added the President.
He in addition said; for the last two seasons, Uganda has not had enough rainfall. “Experts attribute this to attacks on the environment. People have invaded wetlands, rivers and lakes that contribute 40 per cent of our rainfall. We cannot go on like that. We are therefore going to strengthen laws protecting the environment. For example there should be no human activity within 50 metres of a river bank, 200 metres of a lake shore, while those in wetlands and forest reserves should leave immediately”, he stressed.
He finally thanked the people of Ibanda for supporting the NRM and requested that they continue doing so. By Ambrose Gahene