President Yoweri Museveni has said that the government of Uganda plans to buy some of the swamps in the country that are occupied by people as an effort to help recover the natural environment.
“I want to recover the swamps which were drained by the British like the case is in Kabale district.
I need to buy back the swamps for the government. They will work on how much it will cost to compensate the occupants. We shall buy back these swamps so that we recover nature,” he said.
The President was speaking during a meeting held with the visiting delegation from the United Nations led by the President of the 69th session of the United Nations General Assembly, Sam Kutesa.
The meeting took place yesterday morning at State House Nakasero.
Mr. Museveni said the government will also take over the mountainous areas that are occupied by people in order to avoid further deaths of people caused by landslides.
He noted that many people lost their lives in Budduda district in Eastern Uganda on account of landslides.
The President and his guests discussed a wide range of other issues pertaining to the country, the region and the international arena based on security and economic developments.
Regarding the enhancement and development of women, President Museveni said they should have a revolving fund in order to undertake skilled based activities like weaving, baking bread, among others, instead of always being absorbed in land based activities where the owners are men.
The UN General Assembly President, Mr. Sam Kutesa, briefed the President on the UN programmes for this year and said they include a conference on the climate change, celebration of the 20 years of Women Empowerment after Beijing conference, among others.
He thanked the President for giving his delegation a warm welcome.