Pastor Samuel Kakande has apologised for illegally excavating sand in a wetland.
The mining has been taking place on a piece of land in Lwera within a 100-metre radius of Lake Victoria, contravening environmental regulations.
Pastor Kakande – through his attorney, Bernard Mutyaba – blamed the rising level of water in Lake Victoria due to the damming of sections of River Nile for the construction of hydropower plants.
Pastor Kakande has told the House Committee on Natural Resources
that with the raising waters, it was difficult to identify the area where the 100 metres would stop.
Kakande added that they have embarked on restoring the area.
Moments earlier, the committee’s members Herbert Ariko, Thomas Tayebwa, Keefa Kiwanuka, Winfred Masiko and Andrew Baryayanga had questioned the legality of Aqua World Ltd’s activities.