By Max Patrico Ocaido
Speaker of Parliament, Rebecca Kadaga wants people to embrace tree planting even during funeral ceremonies.
While launching the one million tree planting campaign by Young Water Professionals in Bugolobi Kampala Wednesday, Kadaga told revelers to stop spending so much time mourning the dead, but rather use that grieving moment to plant trees.
"We need to use social occasions to increase tree coverage. So even in death, we need to plant trees during burials," said Kadaga.
The Speaker joins the long line of critiques that have criticized Africans in particular Ugandans for spending much of their productive time in mourning the dead.
Kadaga also criticized government for failure to ensure proper implementation of the Tree Fund.
"I want to assure you that this year, I am not allowing the Minister of Finance to get away. I am going to be on his neck, in the next budget, there has to be a Tree Fund. We can't continue making you suffer, we give you work and we don't give you capacity to do the work and yet we want you to deliver," she said.
Eng. Silver Mugisha, the Managing Director of National Water and Sewerage Corporation, a body that is overseeing the tree campaign across all its offices in the country warned that Uganda is headed for tough times if water catchment areas aren't taken care of.
"Today, we are able to supply Ugandans with water because there is still water in the swamp and some rain, but if we don't plant trees, the way I see the trend, this water has already started reducing and we have started having these problems," said Mugisha.