Silting in Lake Bunyonyi,Kigezi Sub region Western Uganda.
Human activities such as encroaching on wetlands and poor methods of farming by communities around Lake Bunyonyi have been highlight as the major cause of silting in the lake.
This was revealed today by the Secretary of Ruheza Nyenda Catchment
Management Committee, Vincent Mudanga, while speaking during the
closure of a two day workshop organized by Self Help Africa, an
European Union-funded project that aims to create a sustainable ‘green
economy’ in the Lake Bunyonyi region of Uganda. The workshop was held
at White Horse Inn in Kabale Municipality.
The 2.5 billion three year project implemented by Self Help Africa in
collaboration with African International Christian Ministry (AICM) and
the local authorities of Kabale and Rubanda District Local Governments
was launched in Rubanda in July 2019 under the theme ‘Striking a
Balance: Developing a Green Economy’.
Mudanga who led a delegation of local leaders and environmentalists
from the districts of Rubanda and Kabale while carrying out a visit to
communities around Lake Bunyonyi, said that human activities around Lake Bunyonyi said as poor farming methods, encroaching wetlands and deforestation pauses a great threat
to its existence.
He explains that the depletion of Lake Bunyonyi would greatly affect
the tourism industry of the country as well as the climate change in
The Rubaya Sub County LCIII Chairperson Saime Twesigomwe says that
when they visited the whole sub county of Rubaya, they found that it’s
only in Kitooma parish where they found that farmers are practicing
terracing and mulching.
The Coordinator of the project Denis Mucunguzi said that most of the
locals around the lake are abandoning best farming practices due to
land fragmentation. He added that are carrying out activities to
stopping running water from moving to the lake, most of the locals
resist such projects from passing through their land.
He added that they have continued to spread the news of planting at
fibrous root trees to protect the lake banks and sub county leaders
will be sensitizing them about the need to protect the natural
The executive director of Let Us Save Uganda-LUSU Simon Byamukama said
that agro forestry is the only way to protect the lake from depletion
since the locals have shunned better farming practices.