EAST AFRICA: WATER/DAILY NEWS/30/1/18 SABANews 1
KAMPALA – The giant Lake VICTORIA in East AFRICA and its largest source of water, the KAGERA River, are under threat by a high rate of pollution.
The DAILY NEWS of TANZANIA says the situation is now worrying all the authorities in the region.
It quotes the Chairperson of the EAST AFRICAN HEADS OF STATE Summit, President YOWERI MUSEVENI of UGANDA, as saying they want immediate action to save the water bodies.
The Summit groups heads of nations in the EAST AFRICAN COMMUNITY, EAC, comprising KENYA, UGANDA, TANZANIA, BURUNDI and RWANDA with headquarters in ARUSHA, TANZANIA.
President MUSEVENI says the leaders are all worried by the continued destruction around and within the TWO important water bodies that link almost all the countries in economic bloc.
He has addressed the East AFRICAN Legislative Assembly sessions held in the UGANDAN capital, KAMPALA, saying the legislators should promote the protection of the resources.
President MUSEVENI says River KAGERA and Lake VICTORIA are both polluted by, and continue to face the wrath of irresponsible human activities around the banks and shores.
He says the authorities in East AFRICA must unite and ensure people protect the water bodies by planting trees around them to help filter the water they receive.
Lake VICTORIA waters KENYA, UGANDA and TANZANIA, and boasts a surface area of about 70-THOUSAND square kilometres.
It is the largest water body in AFRICA, as well as the world largest tropical lake and the SECOND largest freshwater lake by surface area, after Lake SUPERIOR in CANADA.
KAGERA River, stretching for more than 400 kilometres through BURUNDI, RWANDA, TANZANIA and UGANDA, pours SIX-POINT-FOUR-BILLION cubic metres of water into the lake every year./Sabanews/cam