Opposition Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) Presidential Candidate, Patrick Oboi Amuriat has criticized what he termed as inequitable enforcement of environmental laws in Uganda.
Addressing residents of Nyaruziba trading center in Kashambya Sub-County, Rukiga district on Tuesday, Amuriat decried the reported looming eviction targeting locals living around the Kitanga-Rushebeya swamp that experts say has been gravely degraded.
While environmental protection is paramount, Amuriat said enforcement of environmental laws should not be selective.
“I understand they are busy putting the marks to evict you from the wetlands that you have lived on and survived on all this time. As he does that he has allowed Chinese, people coming from thousands of kilometres away to occupy wetlands and even destroy those few that we have extensively,” he said.
“How can a president of the country think about Chinese more than Ugandans?” Amuriat posed.
During 2019, up to 4,000 hectares of degraded wetlands were restored against a planned output of 10,000 hectares according to a 2019 Green Climate Fund Status report. On the other hand, 148.2 square kilometres wetlands were demarcated against a planned target of 80 km.
Amuriat was accompanied by FDCs Dr. Kizza Besigye, Ex- Rukiga County Legislator Jack Sabiiti and Arans Tabaruka the aspiring Kinkiizi East Member of Parliament (MP) to mention but a few.
Utilizing this opportunity, Besigye assured voters that the party was prepared this time to combat vote rigging through his “Plan B”.
“Don’t be misled into thinking that I quit elective politics. There are those I have way laid to ensure that these same things don’t happen again…. This time anyone who dips his hand in there will live to regret,” he warned.
The duo later traversed Muhanga Town in Rukiga District before exiting to neighbouring Ntungamo where they addressed rallies in Rwashameire, Rubaare and Ntungamo Municipality.
The FDC candidate is today Wednesday expected to take his vote hunt to Mbarara district which the Party’s National Field Coordinator Roland Kaginda Mugume predicts could drift to the opposition come January 14, 2021.