HOIMA RDC HAILS NAPE WORK ON ENVIRONMENT

 The Hoima Resident District Commissioner ( RDC) Mr.  Isaac Kawooya, has hailed the National Association of Professional Environmentalists (NAPE) for its efforts in complementing government programs especially in the area of environmental protection and conservation.

 

World Environment Day,2016
 The Hoima RDC, Mr. Isaac Kawooya (in checkered Coat) watering a tree he had just planted at the palace of the Bunyoro King in Hoima

 Kawooya particularly thanked NAPE for establishing the  Uganda Community Green Radio which he said was doing a  great job in mobilizing people in Bunyoro and neighbouring  areas to participate in environmental protection activities  aimed at mitigating climate change effects.

 “I thank NAPE and Community Green radio for not only  promoting environmental education amongst our people but  also demonstrating to them practically what they need to do to  keep our environment clean and conducive to live in. What  NAPE is doing compliments government’s programs on  environment and natural resources management”, Mr.  Kawooya explained.

 The RDC made these remarks on Wednesday 8th.June, 2016 at  Hoima Rukurato Hall while presiding over a function to  commemorate the World Environment Day (WED) organized  by NAPE.

 Earlier, the RDC together with other Hoima District leaders, r epresentatives of the Uganda Police Force, representatives of  CSOs, listeners of the Community Green Radio, students and  members of the public had participated in a tree planting  exercise in several places in Hoima Municipality including  Hoima Public school and at the Palace of the Bunyoro Kitara  King. The RDC said he was delighted to see NAPE planting  and encouraging communities to plant trees.

NAPE celebrated the world environment Day under the theme “Conserve wildlife, sustain livelihoods”. Mr. Frank Muramuzi, the NAPE Executive Director said that the World Environment Day is a great day which everybody needs to take seriously. “This in an important day which we all need to take seriously. It reminds us of our obligations to the environment and mother earth,” he said

world environment day,2016 in Hoima
We Listen: Listeners of the Community Green Radio and students from Sustainability Clubs in Schools match in Hoima Municipality during WED celebrations

The event in Hoima started with a procession around Hoima Municipality comprised of community members, members of Sustainability Clubs, members of Community Radio listeners club, politicians, members of the Uganda Police force and the civil society. The people carried placards with different messages such as, “Our wildlife, our wealth”, Save our forests Save our future, Environmental Education for Sustainability"

NAPE Senior Program Officer in charge of Administration, Mr. Geoffrey Kamese underscored need for individuals to exercise responsibility in as far environmental protection is concerned.

World environment day celebrations started way back in 1972. It is celebrated on June 5th every year and this year’s world celebrations were held in Angola under the theme, “Go wild for Life” and the National celebrations were Gulu district on June 6,2016

The future of over 3,000 children of the displaced in Hoima remain uncertain

When you visit the camps on the displaced people in Hoima, especially in Kigyayo –Muziranduru village, Munteme Parish, Kiziranfumbi sub county, Hoima District, you are greeted by faces of young, malnourished and seemingly destitute and hopeless children.

In Rwamutonga Village Bugambe Sub County, the situation is not different either. The children of ages zero to 15 years have no clothes, chances of accessing a meal are equivalent to none and education to the school going age in a dream. The health condition in these two camps is a dare state and appalling.
Out of the 4,633 people occupying the two camps in Kigyayo, 3,357 are children. These children, like their parents, depend on well-wishers for food and clothing. Their health conditions are terrible and terrifying. Government at all levels seems unbothered by their condition.

“When the RDC came here two month ago, he promised us a mobile health clinic but up to date nothing has happened”, Mr. Steven Matovu, one of the Kigyayo camps leaders explained to Community Green Radio staff that had paid them a visit on March 8th.2016.

Kigyayo camps are hosted by two churches after these, now landless people were violently evicted from their land in February 2015 to pave way for establishment of a sugar factory. The Factory, owned by Hoima Sugar Limited, was officially opened by President Yoweri Museveni on May 1st 2016 on the sidelines of the International Labor Day celebrations that were in Hoima District.

Rwamutonga Camp has over 250 children; over 157 of these are of school going age but have no education. The camp is a home to over 1,276 people who were violently evicted from their land in August 2014.
NAPE, through Community Green Radio has been in on a campaign drive to collect relief items for these suffering children. As of late April 2016, each of the two communities had been visited more than twice by the NAPE/Green radio staff together with their partners that included Rosa Luxembourg Foundation