‘We Can Confirm That Speke Resort Entebbe Didn’t Dump Soil In Lake Victoria’- NEMA Dismisses False Media Allegations During Its Site Inspection

'We Can Confirm That Speke Resort Entebbe Didn’t Dump Soil In Lake Victoria'- NEMA Dismisses False Media Allegations During Its Site Inspection

NEMA Officials Inspecting Speke Resort Entebbe Project Site

By Uganda Online Media

Kampala: The National Environment Management Authority (NEMA) has finally cleared Ruparelia Group’s multi-billion project Speke Resort Entebbe which was previously halted over false allegations that the developers were dumping soil in Lake Victoria.

While inspecting the site, located in Katabi town council in Entebbe, the NEMA team confirmed
the developer did not dump soil into the lake as allegedly purported by some media platforms.

Some Of NEMA Officials Inspecting The Site In Entebbe Yesterday

According to the NEMA assessment conducted on Wednesday, March 9, 2022, the developer
was clearly following the guidelines by NEMA as per the issued EIA certificate (Environmental
Impact Assessment) in 2019.

As part of their assessment, NEMA officials further proposed some minor adjustments after
inspecting and reviewing the proposed master plan design of the Resort noting that the buffer
distance between the hotel block and the water lines reduced by 10 metres due to the raising
water levels. NEMA suggested that the hotel block should be adjusted with an additional 10
metres making 20 metres from the existing water shoreline.

In addition to the above, the NEMA team also advised the developer to reposition the waste
treatment plant to another location within the area of development.
Since the development is a recreation facility the developer has to enforce a strong solid waste
management team to keep the environment eco-friendly.

NEMA officials also confirmed that all the necessary applications processes were done and
approved by NEMA hence the project has been operating within the legal confines of the
environmental laws.

According to NEMA, once the above mentioned proposed changes are incorporated, the multibillion Resort project will have a huge impact on the economy by increasing the country’s
revenues through its state-of-the-art facilities that will significantly promote the hospitality
the industry which will be important for Uganda’s development as a whole and the community
youth livelihoods through employment opportunities the project will create.

The developer welcomed the assessment from NEMA as a positive direction towards the
project development and promised to have the suggestions raised by the NEMA officials
adjusted and incorporated in the design.

According to the structural plan, the project will have a 350 room resort and convention center, with 4 restaurants, marina for 50 boats, 10 presidential suites, a Convention Centre with a carrying capacity of 3500 persons, additional conference facilities of up to 1500 persons, small conference and meeting facilities, 3 wedding grounds and parking space for 1500 cars among other leisure facilities.

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