The National Environment Management Authority (NEMA) has suspended the operations of Bukona Agro Processors in Nwoya District.
The authority’s decision followed complaints from residents regarding pollution of River Ayago.
A team from NEMA’s Lira regional office led by Michael Ikanut confirmed that the factory was indeed undertaking activities that were harmful to the river, generally affecting fish and other aquatic life.
“The water at the spot that was inspected had a pungent smell, a dark colour and the communities were not able to use the water anymore,” said Ikanut.
He also revealed that the authority is investigating claims that some cows had died after drinking water from the contaminated river; and the people who ate the dead fish, developed running stomachs.
“The operations of the facility have been suspended until the factory puts in place an effluent treatment plant approved by NEMA; and secures a discharge permit from the Directorate of Water Resources Management.”
The Nwoya District Environment Officer has also been asked to monitor the operations at the premises to ensure environmental compliance.
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