Wakiso fish farmers sue government for blocking their project


Two Residents of Wakiso district have petitioned Kampala High Court challenging the decision by the Ministry of Water and Environment to halt their fish farming project.
Mr James Dagirira and Mr Sam Batanudde allege that in 2013, they wanted to start an income generating fish and hatchery project at Bwerenga village in Wakiso district. The duo claim they sought guidance and permission from Ministry of Water and Environment and that with the permission of NEMA set up the project.
The duo claim that despite clearance from NEMA, ministry of water and Environment accused them of various environmental offences and threatened to evict them.
They also claim that instead of getting the assistance and guidance from the ministry, they were instead accused of various environmental offences.

However, according to the ministry, the two were degrading the environment in an illegal manner by back filling the wet land with marrum yet the wetland was designed for conservation of threatened bird species and plants.
The duo insist that they have spent heavily on the project and blocking it has occasioned them to suffer losses and damages.
According to the court documents, the duo claim that their project being a profit making business and having already spent heavily in it, have suffered loss and damages due to the continued threats of harassment to themselves and their agents, eviction and halting of all activities at the site.
The two are now seeking court to quash the ministry’s decision of halting their project and eviction since they are the registered proprietor of the said land.


SOURCE: Daily Monitor

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