Alleastafrica
  • Home
  • HEADLINES
  • Uganda gov’t ‘bribes’ wetland invaders for political reasons: Museveni
HEADLINES LATEST NEWS UGANDA

Uganda gov’t ‘bribes’ wetland invaders for political reasons: Museveni

Uganda’s president, Yoweri Museveni has said his government has resorted to bribing people who invade wetlands, because forcefully evicting them would have negative political implications.

The president, who was addressing the inaugural Sustainable Blue Economy conference in Kenya, listed soil erosion, population pressure, pollution, bad farming practices and the failure to enforce regulations because of politics, as the greatest challenges facing the blue economy.

‘‘We are trying to bribe our people who invaded the wetlands to get out. We give them money…it’s a type of bribe but it’s better than other crude methods, because we need votes,’‘ Museveni explained.

We are trying to bribe our people who invaded the wetlands to get out. We give them money…it’s a type of bribe but it’s better than other crude methods, because we need votes.

‘‘Our government has also embarked on a campaign to protect vegetation at least 200 metres to the lake shores or 50 metres to the river banks.’‘

The blue economy conference, attended by several leaders from the region including the presidents of Kenya, Mozambique and Somalia, discussed ways of sustainably and profitably exploiting water resources.

The Ugandan president added that industrialisation is the best way of tackling environmental degradation, arguing that alternative employment must be found for people whose livelihoods destroy natural resources.

‘‘We must look increasing electricity output and create jobs in industries. You will not stop forest encroachment for example by farmers if you do not offer them alternative employment,” he said.

By Africanews

Related posts

uganda: Trains grounded as over 400 RVR workers strike

NewsDesk

South Sudan army chief defies UN travel ban with visit to China

Newsroom

Seven Kenyatta University students detained over riots

Newsroom

This website uses cookies to improve your experience. We'll assume you're ok with this, but you can opt-out if you wish. Accept Read More