Leaders from the Rwenzori Region petitioned the Parliament on Climate Change in the country.
The petition was received by the Speaker to Parliament, Rt. Hon. Rebecca Kadaga while officiating at the climax of the 4th Rwenzori Region Climate Change week in Fort Portal Friday, 29th July 2016.
In the petition presented by the LC5 Chairperson Kabarole district, Hon. Richard Rwabuhinga, the leaders called for support from Parliament against climate change through funding and budget allocation of activities. This includes agricultural techniques aimed at remedying climate change; legislation, enforcement and oversight; and the dissemination of information promoting climate friendly practices amongst farmers and the general population.
“The petition builds into coping with effects of climate change and adaptation techniques among farmers and the general population like tree planting and other activities,” Rwabuhinga said.
In response, the Speaker promised that these issues will be handled in Parliament expeditiously
“I am disappointed by the fact that we have no silos in the country yet they would be helpful during dry seasons. In Busoga, there used to be a triple granary system established by the Kyabazinga whereby each silo would be opened depending on the intensity of the drought but only with the authority of a local chief,” Kadaga said.
She further said, “Ethiopia has a plan of planting 12 billion trees so we need to hit the ground running. Seedlings are also a good source of money with this upcoming drive to plant more trees, so it is something the youth can venture into.”
The Exhibition was organised by the Kabarole Research and Resource Centre. The organisers later gave away 100 safety jackets with climate change messages to motorcycle riders.