NEMA Orders the Closure of Speke Resort Munyonyo gardens, KK, Ggaba and Ddundu flooded beaches.
The rising number of water levels in Lake Victoria has made the National Environment Management Authority (NEMA) to direct the Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA) to close two markets and three flooded beaches saying there unsustainable.
NEMA has also ordered KCCA to close Speke Resort Munyonyo gardens since they put up non-approved structures on the shores. KK, Ggaba and Ddundu beach were stopped from operating and the markets at Gaba and Mulungu were ordered to also stop their operations.
NEMA asked KCCA to relocate all the vendors that were affected by the order.
The first victims of the order were the traders at Mulungu Landing site were vendors were evicted.
Tom Okurut the Executive Director of NEMA said he recommended the closure in April 24th 2020 this year.
“yes, we asked for the closure of various places including markets and beaches. I understand steps at Mulungu have been taken,” Okurut said according to the Daily Monitor story.
Dr Okurut said in his letter asked to declare buildings in flooded areas of Speke Resort unusable by the general public.
After the rapid assessment, NEMA established that the flooded sections of beaches, as well as Mulungu and Ggaba markets, were illegally taken from the lake’s dry shore and the setup structures had no approval Dr Okurut said.
“The water level in the lake is expected to remain in the mere future and this renders any use of these sections untenable,” Dr Okurut wrote.
Mr Sudhir Ruperellia the proprietor of Speke Resort Munyonyo according to Daily Monitor that the only his gardens were affected by the water.
“The main Munyonyo hotel is fine and it’s only the gardens that were affected and good enough there are no setup structures there,” Sudhir said.
On Sunday police carried out an eviction at Mulungu which was peaceful until the area Member of Parliament Allan Ssewanyana (Makindye West) ordered the vendors to return market.
Traders returned in the market and another group went on the fence that had been set up by KCCA to prevent any entry. The traders broke the fence and run away with iron sheets. This made the police to fire tear gas as some traders retaliated by throwing stones. Two women collapsed during the scuffle because of the tear gas.
The chairperson of Munyonyo Fish Forkers Company, Ms Dizy Mukasa Nabaweesi, said they will continue negotiations with Buganda land board to ensure they are left to work at the landing site in Mulungu.