By Komakech Jimmy
Details have emerged as to why the National Environment Management Authority (NEMA) suspended the operations of Bukona Agro Processors in Nwoya district.
The business halt, follows numerous complaints by residents about contamination of River Ayago, where wastes from the plant was flowing.
A team from NEMA Lira regional office confirmed that the factory was indeed undertaking activities that were harmful to the river, impacting significantly on fish and other aquatic lives.
Lira regional NEMA official, Mr. Michael Ikanut who led the inspection disclosed that the water that was inspected had a pungent smell, a dark colour and the communities were not able to use the water, anymore.
NEMA is also investigating claims that some cows had died after drinking water from the river; and the people who ate the dead fish, developed running stomachs.
The operations of the facility have been suspended until the factory puts in place an effluent treatment plant approved by NEMA, and secures a discharge permit from the Directorate of Water Resource Management.
The Nwoya District Environment Officer has also been asked to monitor the operations at the premises to ensure environmental compliance.