A section of residents from Rukiga district have embarked on a tree planting campaign to avert the effects of climate change and road accidents in their area.
The campaign launched on Thursday is championed by the Rukiga County Member of Parliament, Herbert Kabafunzaki.
During the launch, over 5000 trees were planted along Orukiiri hills on the Kabale-Rushebeya-Kisiizi road in Rwamucucu Sub-County.
Robert Baryampika, the LC2 Chairperson for Nyarurambi parish in Rwamucucu Sub-County said the tree planting campaign will help communities in fighting the effects of climate change in the area.
“This area is greatly affected by climatic problems. Every time it rains, strong rains with floods usually affect our gardens, livestock and at times our buildings. We hope that if this campaign is strongly embraced, our people will be safe,” he said.
Jimmy Kawaida, the Mparo Town Council mayor his council had long contemplated the tree planting campaign but were limited by resources.
Kawaida promised to form committees to ensure that the campaign is successful and the trees are protected.
On his part, Herbert Kabafunzaki, the Rukiga legislator asked leaders to put up ordinances that will see these trees protected against encroachment.
“We need to plant trees for generations after us. I acquired 50,000 trees worth Ushs.15 million from President Museveni. Be sure that we must protect this project against all odds,” said Kabafunzaki.