14 beaches in Uganda will be closed by the National Environment Management Authority. These beaches had to be closed on December 3rd but they operated during the whole festive system because the owners of have never been given any notice. The spokesperson of NEMA Naomi Karekaho said they will be called for a meeting to inform them to clear their property in 21 days because they are degrading the environment, carrying out activities without a permit and building structures without an environment impact assessment.
A number of beaches have been operating without land titles, approved plans, license and lack shore wetland permits which is against the laws. The Entebbe Municipal Council environment officer, Mr. Samson Ssemakula said the owners of the beaches have acted arrogant during the approach, yet they know they have unsorted out issues with NEMA and the council.
Beaches like Mulowoza Restaurant, Siena Beach Resort, Anderita Beach Hotel, Black and White Lounge Restaurant and Island Cafe Beach Hotel and others that have not been mentioned because they have no specific names but owned by different private individuals have been constructed after the Nema Act came in place in 1995.
The beach manager of Anderita said the authorities have not ordered them to close because their hotel is far away from the lake shore and they have no permanent buildings near the shores which have been acknowledged in the NEMA Act.
The chairman of division B Mr. Anthony Ssegujja said Mulowoza Restaurant is constructed on Lake Victoria’s Nakiwogo Bay, which hinders the operation of MV Kalangala ferry. The building is in the middle of the road so it has to be removed to improve on transport to Nakiwogo Bay.
Letters have been written to the beach owners to remove their buildings near the lake shores but they have not done it.