Friday June 6 2014

Govt to cancel titles in wetlands

The State Minister for Environment, Ms Flavia

The State Minister for Environment, Ms Flavia Munaaba (C), plants a tree in Kampala yesterday. She is flanked by pupils of St Francis Primary School in Ntinda to mark the World Environment Day. PHOTO BY Faiswal Kasirye 

By Martin Ssebuyira

Government has started listing all title deeds on wetlands for cancellation after Cabinet agreed to the move in a bid to stop environment degradation, the State Minister of Environment has said.

Ms Flavia Munaaba said they are working with the Ministry of Lands to implement the decision.
“Those (titles) obtained fraudulently will be cancelled immediately but those got genuinely could be cancelled after a court order,” she said during the World Environment Day yesterday.

Ms Munaaba said they have already informed Parliament and the public to work together with all stakeholders on the move.

The minister, with officials of Little Hands Go Green, a civil society organisation, used the event to plant trees at St Francis Primary School Ntinda and Hillside Primary School, Naalya, among others.

“Tree planting is normally left to the government, civil society and well-wishers. This new initiative creates a sense of responsibility to have a critical mass in future to fight for environment,” Ms Munaaba said.

Mr Joseph Masembe, the director of Little Hands Go Green, said civic education about conserving the environment lacks in the syllabus yet such initiatives can bolster children’s attitudes to environment protection.