By Dorothy Anguparu
Arua water and sanitation project is in the process of demarcating Enyau wet land to ensure clean and adequate water for the region. The demarcation will be undertaken by AWE Consultants Ltd with funding from World Bank.
According to AWE consultant Solomon Muddukaki, the process will start with surveying to ascertain the real owners of the area which will be followed by compensation of the rightful owners of the plots. He says the resettlement action plan has an element of livelihood restoration which does not only cater for owners but also those unable to work.
Meanwhile, Arua district Senior Environment officer Joachim Andiandu urges the consultants to demarcate the river from its source to river Nile where it stops.
The District which had encountered challenges of funding in the full demarcation exercise pledges their full support. The LC 5 chairman Arua district Wadri Sam Nyakua says there were efforts made to demarcate Enyau wet land but the enforcement was not so much strengthened.
However, Arua district Principal Assistant Secretary Martin Andua highlighted the issue of car washing activity in River Enyau saying it’s a threat to health as many people rely on water from this river.
According to the information from the Ministry of water and environment, people who owned wetlands before 1994 will be the only ones to be compensated. END