The National Environment Management Authority (NEMA) and Kyenjojo District Local Government with support from the Environment Police has embarked on the restoration of Muzizi Wetland System in Kyenjojo District.
The restoration exercise which has been launched in Kyenjojo district will cover the critical catchment of the River Muzizi system spanning the districts Kagadi, Kyegegwa, Kibaale and Mubende Districts.
Key activities include the removal of illegal structures, plants and crops in wetlands, closing of drainage channels and evictions including the banks of River Muzizi.
The catchment is hosting the 3.1MW Sogahi Hydropower Project (HPP) on River Sohagi, that drains into River Muzizi in Kyarusozi Subcounty and is candidate for the 3.5MW HPP on River Muzizi in Nyankwanzi Subcounty.
While supervising the activities, the Deputy RDC Kyenjojo Mr. Kawonawo Isaac, said the exercise is important since the water levels on River Muzizi had reduced significantly threatening government development projects. He called up on the local people who are still encroaching on the wetland to voluntarily vacate the wetland and the river banks.
Early this year, NEMA together with the Local Government officials issued restoration orders to more than 300 enchroachers in the wetlands and river banks on River Muzizi.