President Museveni has urged Ugandans that have invaded, cultivated and settled in wetlands, forestry reserves, river banks and lake shores to leave them peacefully and save the country from disaster.
‘‘God created Earth and all that is in it. He then asked man to have dominion over nature. Dominion means you manage nature sustainably. But what I have seen here shows that you’ve failed to manage nature. You’ve obeyed pro-creation command but not dominion over the earth. For example, why would you disobey nature and establish gardens in wetlands?’’ the president said.
The President was yesterday speaking at a public rally at Rushoroza Seed School in Kihihi sub-county in Kanungu district shortly after his impromptu tour of Kameme village, which is worst hit by drought and famine.
The village also experienced a severe storm that destroyed vast expanses of agriculture land. The President also toured Ntungwa River in Kihihi sub-county, which separates Kanungu from Rukungiri districts and directed the State House Comptroller Lucy Nakyobe Mbonye to immediately ensure the establishment of an irrigation scheme using solar water pumps to enable the area do agriculture all year round without relying on natural factors.
He also said that government would construct valley dams in Kanungu to boost water sources in the district.
Kanungu district has been hard hit by famine as a result of long drought spells in the past three years degenerating into a humanitarian crisis.
The continued environmental degradation resulting into a drop in the rain patterns is as a result of the attack on these God given natural resources by the population.
The President delivered drought resistant, quick maturing, high yielding seeds to the district to boost food security. The seeds included those of three types of Cassava, three types of maize, millet, sorghum, Irish potatoes, pumpkins and four types of beans.
The President assured Ugandans of continued government support to mitigate the hunger crisis but said that Kanungu district just like many other parts of Uganda have experienced unprecedented drop in rainfall in the recent past due to the attack on the swamps, wetlands, forests, lakes and rivers that contribute 40% of the rainfall the country receives.
The president said that the drop in rainfall greatly affected agricultural production in most parts of the country creating unprecedented hunger and famine.
He said that to avert a food crisis and famine, all people who have evaded and degraded all rain and water catchment areas should peacefully vacate them but warned, that government will not stand aside as spectators while people continue to degrade the environment and attacking agriculture which is a source of food, employment, income and livelihood of majority of Ugandans.
“God created all these physical features land, forests and water bodies with a good purpose for humanity but we are pre-occupied with destroying them and you can see the results. Please leave them peacefully. The National Resistance Movement does not believe in the use of force. Religious leaders and other stakeholders should join hands with government to sensitize the population the dangers of environmental degradation for the good of our country and the future generations,” he said.