Thursday July 31 2014

High Court Judge petitions minister over illegal Entebbe beaches

By Martin Ssebuyira

Entebbe- High Court Judge Anup Singh Choudry has petitioned the Minister of Water and Environment, Prof Ephraim Kamuntu, to intervene in a matter where illegal beaches were constructed on the lake shoreline in Entebbe.
In the missive, Mr Choudry asked the minister to issue an Environmental Restoration Order retraining business people from constructing more illegal beaches along Nambi Road Beach in Entebbe.

“I am aware that the rot started when the previous administration of Entebbe was paid and they allowed a couple of people to build on the lake shore. As a result, other trespassers took liberty to add their structures as it became an area free for all and the rot could not be stopped. Some even built toilets on the beach,” he said in the letter dated July 25.

Justice Choudry who doubles as an International auditor in environment, noted that Entebbe forests have been destroyed, chemicals are pouring into the beach, swamps are being taken over, the beaches are all taken over as a private land and the lake is eroding under the watch of Entebbe Municipal Council and National Environment Management Authority.

He added that under the Environmental Act, there is a distinction between putting up a structure on the lakeshore and a beach.
The former is subject to Article 34 which must also comply with an Environmental Impact Assessment in accordance with Sections 19, 20and 21 of the Environment Act.

He said the minister should come and take action to stop this illegal activity threatening Uganda’s water bodies.

This comes after the judge gave Entebbe Municipal Council and NEMA a 30 day ultimatum to demolish all illegal structures erected along Nambi Road.