A campaign to restore the dying River Rwizi in Western Uganda has gain support from local residents in Mbarara.
The campaign is hoped among others to clean up, increase water volume, fight against the encroachment and contamination of River Rwizi.
This campaign is being championed by the Friends of River Rwizi, a local NGO in collaboration with the Ministry of Water and Environment’s Directorate of Water Resources Management.
The river which supplies water to most of Mbarara Municipality has been rapidly drying and suffered severe contamination.
It has also come under attack from encroachers as well as the water hyacinth
While launching this campaign on Thursday, Mbarara deputy RDC Emmy Kateera Turyabagyenyi applauded the public for coming up with this initiative
He attributed the River Rwizi degradation to corruption among the Government officials, noting that NEMA was given over Shs 200 million to fight against the water hyacinth on all Rivers and lakes that are affected with it but northing has ever been done on River Rwizi.
“Government released money to fight this weed but nothing has ever been done, a lot has to be done”. Kateera said.
The DRC also express pleasure at the fact that the new initiatives involves local leaders including LC1s, LC2s sub county councilors and chairpersons, civil societies, other political leaders, technocrats among others.
“Am happy that this involves all categories of people from the grassroots, this means that it will work”, Kateera added.
Richard Musota, the team leader from the ministry of water said so far up to Shs1bn has been spent on restoration of River Rwizi.
He revealed that many plans are being drawn by the ministry for the purposes of River Rwizi restoration.
“Government is planning to disburse 4bn Ugandan shillings that will specifically work on River Rwizi”, Musota said.
Moses Karanzi Kajubi from Friends of River Rwizi said that they are doing this to save people’s lives.
The new campaign involves residents actively cleaning up the river, getting rid of the hyacinth among others, which will be done every Thursday.