Former EAC General Secretary Wants Environmental Degradation Messages Repackaged

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Chris Mugasha
July 8, 2013

“If soils lose water, it won’t suffer anything because it can do without it unlike mankind,” this is according to Amanya Mushega the former East African Community general secretary. Mushega is calling for a change in the concept of environmental destruction.

He said the issue of saying people are destroying environment is a mistake. He proposed that it should be re-packaged in manner that will enable people to realize that they are actually destroying humanity.

“We should shift the focus from destroying the environment and look at it as destroying mankind,” Mushega said.

A woman with a Jerry Can struggling to locate where to fetch water from in the degraded Kikondera wetland in Buhweju district of Uganda. Picture by Chris Mugasha
A woman with a Jerry Can struggling to locate where to fetch water from in the degraded Kikondera wetland in Buhweju district of Uganda. Picture by Chris Mugasha

Mushega was officiating at the Bushenyi’s Rotary Club celebrations to mark 25 years of service and to install a new club president at Western Meridian hotel in Bushenyi town. Rotarian Deus Kamugisha a prominent lawyer was installed as the president taking over from Rotarian Sr. Ephrance Nuwamanya.

Mushega said efforts that can create a sustainable environment to cater for both present and future generations should be put in place to fight activities like polythene bags.

Some people in Uganda think it is not illegal to reclaim wetlands
Some people in Uganda think it is not illegal to reclaim wetlands

In Nuwamanya’s hand over speech, she reported that among the community service projects they are doing include; construction of roof catchment water tanks in schools, colleges, Rotary children’s peace park which was handed over to Rotary by the National Environment Management Authority (NEMA) where they plan to construct two swimming pools and a fish pond for training local community and institutions.

She also said they plan to implement a water and sanitation project valued at a cost of 46,000 US dollars

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