President Yoweri Museveni has ordered encroachers to vacate wetlands or else government forcefully evicts them.
Speaking during the National Budget Speech at Kololo Ceremonial Grounds, the president issued a stern warning saying that the encroachers are the reason for the unreliable rainfalls which also affects irrigation schemes.
“People going to the wetlands are going there by themselves against our appeal. I demand that all these people [encroachers] get out of the wetlands unconditionally. We do not have to negotiate. They go there knowing that those are wetlands,” Mr Museveni said.
He added that food security is tied to the wellbeing of the environment, thus, any tampering with wetlands means lack of enough food.
The president said government will only consider compensation for people who settled on wetlands as a result of its mistakes.
Mr Museveni emphasised that government will in the next financial years put more effort in food production for commercial use and irrigation.
“As long as Uganda is producing enough food, there’s no problem we can’t solve. The danger is lack of rain and people working for the stomach. That’s why in the next budget, we’re planning for irrigation,” he said.