Male Mabirizi one of the trending city lawyers has taken Rajiv Ruparelia to court over charges of degrading the environment.
The manager of Speke Hotel, before Entebbe Chief Magistrate’s court is being said to degrade the Lake Victoria shores in Kitubulu, Katabi town council.
Mabirizi, according to the charge sheet accuses Rajiv of undertaking activities in a protected zone contrary to Section 53 of the National Environment Act, 2019.
This particular section provides for the protection of river banks, lakeshores, and natural beaches.
In the particulars, Mabirizi alleges that
On November 1, 2021, with the help of heavy machines under the guard of Uganda Police and multiple private security guards, Mabirizi says that Rajiv started filling up stones and rocky soil on Lake Victoria shores adjacent to Busiro block 443.
Mabirizi says Ruparelia Group has been notorious for degrading Lake Victoria shores and this is an opportunity to punish one of its managers.
Ruparelia Group has in the past been accused of encroaching on Lake Victoria shores during the construction of Munyonyo Resort Beach and Rosebud Flower Farm Ltd in Namulanda, Katabi town council.
This application comes a week after NEMA ordered Speke Hotel (1996) Limited to remove all the soil dumped into Lake Victoria before it can be allowed to resume the construction works in Kitubulu. NEMA issued the directive following a meeting with officials of Ruparelia Group, which owns Speke Hotel at the NEMA head offices in Kampala on December 15, 2021.
The regulator adds that there were concerns of lakeshore degradation from soil siltation into Lake Victoria contrary to conditions of approval in the Environment and Social Impact Assessment (ESIA) Certificate No. NEMA/EIA/11651 issued to the developer in 2020.
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