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Minister Goretti Kitutu Supports Rice Growing, Sand Mining In Lwera

The minister of State for Environment, Hon Kitutu Goretti has supported the ongoing rice growing and sand mining in Lwera wetland located in Kalungu District.

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She says that those projects are already progressive provided they were approved by National Environment Management Authority ( NEMA ).

Utilizing wetlands is allowed in law though several people do not know it. During Tuesday’s telephone interview, Hon Kitutu Goretti mentioned that it’s harmless to grow rice and do sand mining in Lwera wetland as long as NEMA approved those activities.

In April this year, conservationists from National Association of Professional Environmentalists accused several people as well as the Chinese companies of mortifying Lwera wetland by carrying out a massive removal of sand and rice growing.

I would like to reduce fears of all those thinking that what’s taking place will cause disaster. No that’s not true,’said Kitutu.

However, when we visited Lwera recently, we realized that after excavations, some miners leave huge open holes behind which in most cases are dangerous to the environment while others utilize them for fish farming.

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