THE National Housing and Construction Corporation is reclaiming part of Nakivubo swamp near Silver Springs Hotel in Bugolobi, despite orders from the wetlands management department to stop the project.
Nakivubo swamp, located between Kampala city and Lake Victoria, cleans waste water such as sewage and industrial effluent before releasing the clean water into Lake Victoria.
The three-acre piece of land, which the National Housing Company has fenced off, belongs to an arm of Nakivubo swamp separating Kitintale from Bugolobi.
In a letter of July 19 to the corporation, Paul Mafabi, the wetlands commissioner, stated: â€œThe purpose of this letter is to advise you to stop the activities going on at the site.â€
Mafabi pointed out that the company owns land on Plot 1-5 St. Kizito Close, Bugolobi Parish, but much of it lies in a swamp.
He also reminded the company that such land should be used in accordance with the National Environment Act of 1995 or any other law.
He copied the letter to the National Environment Management Authority, the Nakawa Division resident district commissioner, the principal assistant town clerk and environment officer.
The National Housing chief executive officer, Joseph Kitamirike, told The New Vision on Tuesday that they plan to construct apartments on the plot.
â€œWe have received the letter and we are studying it,â€ Kitamirike said.
However, by Tuesday, a grader was excavating parts of the swamp under reclamation.
National Housing reclaims part of Nakivubo wetland