The government has issued a one month ultimatum to all Council’s Executive Directors in the country to make sure that are submitting a report on the environmental impact assessment on the use of environments in their areas of jurisdictions. The Deputy minister in the office of the Vice-President responsible for the union affairs and Environment Kangi Lugola (CCM) said in parliament today that, his office has sent a report to the Prime Minister who in turn should instruct all executives in Councils to submit the implementation report on how the take care of environment in their areas. Lugola said that, out of 26 regions in the country, only 3 regions have submitted their reports which together with other matters it shows how district councils abide by Section 22 of the Environmental Act which restricts human activities to be undertaken within 60 meters away from the water sources,.
Deputy minister in the office of the Vice-President responsible for the union affairs and Environment Kangi Lugola (CCM)
Earlier a question was raised by a special sear Catherine Valentimne Magige (CCM) who wanted to know the implementation of the laws of environment including the one which restricts the activities within the said perimeters and what steps has the government taken so far to curb the increased phenomenon. A supplementary question was raised by Nkasi legislator Ally Kessy Mohammed who wanted to know plans by the government toy remove people who built their houses close to lake Tanganyika in his constituency. Responding to this question, the deputy Minister Kangi Lugola said that, reports of such people who have built closer to the lakes are to be dealt with by the councils executives as per the environmental laws as stipulated in Section 22 of the Act. He also assured the legislator that, the government would sent its environment experts to look at this matter which has long been unsolved in order to save the ecology of the area for water preservation.