The king of Buganda, Ronald Muwenda Mutebi, has blamed the continued degradation of the environment in the country on corrupt and selfish leaders.
Kabaka Mutebi said global warming, for long heard in western countries, is now here but expressed concern that it will not be solved with the high rate of corruption in the country.
“Corruption in all aspects of our communities remains a formidable challenge and until we destroy this monster, then whatever excellent plans we make, we shall not be able to implement them,” he said.
“Hither to green landscapes are being turned into empty spaces, empty wastelands, seasons are becoming erratic and man-made climate change is upon us,” he added.
The Kabaka made the remarks on Thursday during the 93rd Rotary District 9211 conference in Entebbe Municipality, Wakiso District.
The cultural leader tasked the Rotarians to instil moral values among people that will stop the high levels of corruption in the country.
He also commended the Rotarians’ greening project that will aimed at planting trees to save the environment. He also said the kingdom has the same campaign.
“Like your green programme, we too have a green program, in our programme, we explain why tress are important and wherever we travel and visit in the kingdom, we give tree planting very high priority and our leaders on the ground have succeeded in interesting our people in the greening of their country,” he said.
The 2011 Human Development Report by the United Nations Development Programme warns that development in the world’s poorest countries could be halted or even reversed by mid-century unless bold steps are taken now to slow climate change, prevent further environmental damage, and reduce deep inequalities within and among nations.
The rate of deforestation in Uganda has sky rocketed and Uganda’s forests are disappearing. Uganda will not have forest in next 40 years, according to experts.
This has ushered in a number of environmental problems such as devastating impacts of climate change, soil degradation reduced biodiversity, degradation of water sheds and food shortage.