National Environment Management Authority (Nema) executive director Tom Okurut has said he is not aware of a permit issued to an investor to take over Lubigi wetland.
Part of the wetland, which retains and controls floods in and around Wakiso and Mpigi districts has been fenced off to pave way for the construction of warehouse.
According to Wilberforce Wanyama, the investor had been issued with an Environment Impact Assessment (EIA) permit which authorises them to build in the wetland.
“They have acquired the Environment Impact Assessment from Nema [National Environment Management Authority]. The EIA was issued this year according to information we have here,” Wanyama, the wetlands and aquatic specialist at ministry of Water and Environment, told a local daily.
His message was also reechoed by KCCA, with the authority’s spokesperson saying a fence had been erected near the water treatment plant.
“The owner intends to put a warehouse and has the approved plans from KCCA,” Peter Kaujju said last week.
However, Okurut said Nema has not given that fenced wetland to anyone.
“We have neither approved it…Instead the actors have been required to remove their fence. Please check with KCCA for any approval of development plan.”
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