Fabrice Ruhinda, the mayor of Entebbe Municipality has blocked a developer who attempted to reclaim part of Lake Victoria for construction. When he received notification that the developer had restricted public access, the mayor immediately sprung into action.
By this time, the developer had already deposited stones and soil to suppress the water. The mayor, accompanied by the Environmental Protection Police, ordered for the immediate halt of activities taking place in the area.
Following that, Mayor Fabrice Ruhinda called for a meeting with all tenants working on the shores of Lake Victoria. The Thursday meeting will be aimed at harmonizing in the proper utilization of the lake without general public access blockage.
In other revelations, Naomi Namata, the head of public relations at National Environment Management Authority said the time they gave the developer had unfortunately elapsed. She said he had been given 2 years to develop the area and now the time has passed.
“So, whatever he is doing is illegal, and we have already given him due notices. We are going to do restoration activities,” Namara said.
Officials, however, have shunned from revealing the name of who the developer is. It should be noted that trucks had started moving the stones away from the scene by press time.
Namara said one can construct on the shore of the lake if they leave a buffer zone of about 100m. A contract like this one is easily susceptible to audit and assessment to confirm that the person is following the law and other guidelines.
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