By Bayan Nalubwama
The western region National Environmental Management Authority (Nema) coordinator, Mr Jeconious Musingwire has revealed that they have developed a catchment management plan for river Rwiz where there are so many investment areas that will see the river get it’s glory again.
Part of the plan is a bankable project where they have partnered with World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) to cleanse Rwiz and other water bodies and at the same time make use of the harvested hyacinth.
During an interview with this website, Mr. Jeconious said that the project which is currently at it’s second stage will help minimise the nutrients loading into the water to create the hyacinth.
“There is one bankable project we are developing with WWF where by we intend to harvest the water hyacinth and convert it to organic manure. The project I can say that it is at the second stage of inception. That is what I am seeing in the near future so that the water hyacinth is harvested not for the sake of removal but it is converted into a valuable resource like processing it for organic fertilizers and some to animal feeds,” he said
In July 2019, Local leaders of Mbarara Municipality launched a campaign to remove water hyacinth from River Rwiz.
This according to Mr. Jeconious was useless as he believes it was for political announcements
“Last time we were in time of politics so all that was done was political pronouncements only. Just say that you are with the people, you flood in the river, as they capture photos yet you know water hyacinth removal is a science. So this business of saying I have mobilised the youth of Katete, Even if you remove it and put it on the bank, the poers will come back.” He added
He further revealed that human activities are still at the front in polluting these water bodies because authority has been reluctant in enforcing environmental standards in their areas.
“The local Authority does not want to be quoted as anti-people. The status will remain like that but we have also created awareness over radios and the likes. There was a time when we wanted to engage those potential polluters but the list we were given of the people who were doing that, when they heard that were creating awareness, most of them did not start up but we are keeping on the bravery.” He assured.