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174,000 Face Eviction From Lake Victoria Shores


The Ministry of Water and Environment is to evict over 170,000 people from Lake Victoria shores and wetlands across Uganda.

The eviction exercise will pave the way for the demarcation of the boundaries.

Addressing the media on Monday, Alfred Okot Okidi, the Permanent Secretary, said that the eviction exercise stems from a presidential directive of April 21st that all individuals who have settled, or working in protected zones such as lakes, wetlands, forest reserves should be forcefully evicted across the country.

Okidi says that the ministry has also directed National Water and Sewerage Corporation and Umeme, to disconnect the affected areas to ensure that they vacate the areas.

Lake Victoria water levels have been rising since October 2019 due to heavy rains and increased direct inflows from 23 rivers into the lake.

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