Jinja. Environmentalists under the Environmental Conservation Effort, a non-governmental organisation, have called on government to institute tough laws in order to protect Lake Victoria from pollution.
The NGO director, Mr John Baptist Lusala, told journalists at Masese Fish Landing Site in Jinja District last Friday that the Lake Victoria water is turning green, signifying severe pollution.
Mr Lusala blamed the situation on industries which he said directly discharge their waste into the lake.
“We need a serious protection regime to be put in place so that these factories stop discharging into the lake. The water is turning green. Both human and marine lives are now in danger. Something must be done urgently,” he said.
Besides weaknesses in the existing laws, Mr Lusala said there is no serious mechanism for monitoring the activities of some of the industries.
“People don’t ask serious questions about how some of these industries manage their waste. They should be put under the microscope. Let them reveal where their waste goes if it isn’t discharged into the lake,” he said.