SHACU joins NEMA and other stakeholders to intensify fight against environmental degradation

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April 13, 2024. The State House Anti-Corruption Unit Head, Brig Gen Henry Isoke, in company of ED National Environment Management Authority, Mr. Barilega Akankwasa, Armored Div Commader Brig Gen Deus Sande, the RDC Kalungu District, Dr Paddy Kayondo, and other Govt officials visited various sites in Lwera-Katonga wetland to assess the progress of a joint operation against illegal sand mining, that was launched on Thursday 11th April, following public concern on the extensive damage being caused to the Lwera eco-system.

Brig Gen Isoke with ED NEMA and Brig Gen Deus Sande at one of the illegal mining sites in Lwera

The leaders observed that in addition to having no valid permits, the errant sand mining companies were employing crude and illegal sand mining methods, using heavy machinery which are causing extensive destruction to the ecosystem. Directives were given to the joint operational team to demobilise the excavators and impound all equipment.

The Ministry of Works has provided the necessary engineering and logistical support to the operation. It was also resolved that the four sites be decommissioned as investigations are ongoing to bring the culprits to account and also to be compelled to restore the degraded areas. The ED NEMA, further clarified that, for the last two years, government suspended sand mining in wet lands and that however does so, is liable to arrest and prosecution. It is only mining, with valid permits in dry areas that is authorized.

Some of the impounded draggers used to scoop sand at one of the mining sites

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