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DAVIDSON NDYABAHIKA: Do we have to take away Murchison Falls for mmere ya leero?

BY DAVIDSON NDYABAHIKA

Rumor has it that a section of “elites” see a dam project as a stimulus package to kick-start and grow our economy. Others say such investments offer every citizen the dignity of a job. They are addressing themselves to the mundane of issues of life – bread and butter issues top their priorities and as such, have much say over Murchison!.

We, tree huggers, feel destroying the environment to cater for our needs today is like eating our offspring. Oba where do we get the justification to saddle posterity with our needs?

Number two; with the climate change taking root, it open secret that things are changing. Our weather is no longer predictable due to global warming, poor land uses and careless human activity including, by the way, things such as damming.

Alive to these climate change issues and concerns of water levels that are fluctuating, don’t we have alternative power sources? Maybe nuclear, maybe geothermal and or solar, etc.

Do we have to take away Murchison, one of the historical and most important tourism boosters for mmere ya leero?

Let us not act on impulse, but do what is right following our conscience.

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The writer is a a journalist with Uganda Radio Network. 

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