THIS WEEK: Pastor Kakande grilled over farming in wetlands
Kampala, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | The lady justice Catherine Bamugemereire land commission of inquiry has ordered re known pastor Samuel Kakande of the Kampala Synagogue Church to get off the shores of Lake Victoria. Kakande who has been growing rice on a wetland near the lake appeared before the commissioners on Oct.06 where he said he had been given permission by the National Environment Management Authority (NEMA) to use their area and that he didn’t know that he was degrading the land. This came after the commission’s lead counsel Ebert Byenkya said the pastor under his Aqua World Uganda Ltd owns over 40 square miles of land along the shoreline, part of which has wetlands and that he had also cut down forests in addition to digging deep trenches through the land, a thing that was depleting the environment.
However when asked by the commission sitting in Masaka about how much land he owns in the area, the slow speaking pastor said he wasn’t sure. Bamugemereire ordered him to stop farming in the area until an investigation into the process through which he acquired the land is complete.