Wednesday, 28 April 2010

Call for tougher penalties for Lake Victoria polluters

From The Guardian/IPP Media, Dar es Salaam
By Felix Andrew

People residing in the Lake Victoria basin have requested the government to take stern measures against people found guilty of polluting the lake and its environment.

Speaking to journalists who toured the lake in separate interviews recently, they expressed concern over rampant pollution which threatens the lives of thousands of people and living things depending on the water body for survival.

Charles Mkama from Musoma said the lake was in great danger due to increasing human activities.

“There are people conducting farming activities along the shores of the Lake, others throwing garbage in it, threatening fish breeding sites,” he said.

Mkama blamed municipal officials for failing to address the problem which, he said, in the long run would affect the whole lake.

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