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

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

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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Legitimately registered in Uganda, Water Journalists Africa was established in 2011 in Cape Town, South Africa with support from the UN-Water Decade Programme on Advocacy and Communication.

Water Journalists Africa has since 2011, partnered with various international and Africa based organizations such as the UN-Water, The Water Channel, Water Integrity Network, 2030 Water Resources Group and UNESCO-IHE among several others to enhance reporting on Integrated Water Resources Management in Africa and promote interaction among African Journalists who report on water.

Some 700 journalists from 50 African countries to date are members of this network making it certainly the largest media network on the continent.

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