Chris Mugasha
February 15, 2013

The Ugandan government has been challenged by the church of Uganda to embark on the implementation of environmental laws to penalize those who have degraded the environment especially by turning wetlands into farms.

The bishop of West Ankole Diocese the Rt Rev Yona Katoneene expresses his concern saying, “if we continue talking without implementing the existing laws by acting there is nothing we are going to achieve.”

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

He attributes continued water shortages in various parts of the country to encroachment on wetlands noting that, “the population is growing and the damage being inflicted on environment will affect the next generation.”

“Time is going to come when the weather is going to change and people will not be accessing water,” laments Bishop Katonene

He appeals to government to intensify messages of patriotism so that every Ugandan can preserve natural resources.

2013 is International Year of Water Cooperation

Water Journalists Africa

Water Journalists Africa (WJA) is the largest network of journalists reporting on water in the African continent. It brings together some 700 journalists from 50 African countries. It was established in 2011 in Cape Town South Africa with support from the UN-Water Decade Programme on Advocacy and Communication.

WJA is legitimately registered as an NGO with Uganda’s National Bureau for NGOs (NGO Bureau)

It is governed by a board of governors and an advisor body. The two bodies meet regularly to review the organization’s programs and projects.

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