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Byline: Gerald Tenywa and Moses Iga
The Minister of Water and Environment, Maria Mutagamba, has given encroachers on wetlands up to today to vacate.
She named Nakivubo, Lubigi, Kawoya, Munyonyo, Kansanga and Ntinda wetlands, located in Kampala and Wakiso, as areas that need to be cleared.
But according to Paul Mafabi, the Commissioner of the Wetlands Management Department, there are huge challenges involved in restoring the wetlands to their original state.
He cites the historical perspective of the problem. "The 1972 structural plan of Kampala designated low-lying areas as industrial areas. So we have the legacy of a policy that was not mindful of wetland issues at the time."