Days after launching an investigation into the dumping of medical waste on the shores of lake Victoria, News 24/7 reporter Gloria Atuhairwe has vowed to continue investigating environmental crimes at all costs.
Atuhairwe now says she has all the knowledge and a new found zeal to investigate various other environmental crimes in Uganda.
“I hope to do more stories on climate change because the training by AIIJ helped me to understand how to report stories about climate change.” she said
Atuhairwe now says she will make it her mission to investigate climate change for the sake of protecting the future generations.
“We were able to interact with experts like Dr Daniel Ddumba who explained to us that climate change effects may not be seen now but they will happen in the future something that makes me as a reporter want to contribute to stopping this future disaster from happening”
Atuhairwe was one of the fellows in a training of journalists in reporting on climate change and environmental crimes by the African Institute for investigative journalism and the centre for Investigative Journalism.
As part of her fellowship, Gloria produced an investigation titled waste lake which she launched in Kampala at the Naguru Skyz hotel.
Her case study, nkumba- bukolwa a garbage dumping site had all kinds of waste including highly infectious medical waste from hospitals on top of this being adjacent to Africa’s largest lake, Victoria.
In a well detailed visual presentation on one of the screens at skyz hotel Naguru Gloria drew a clear picture to the general public why this kind of environmental crime should be put to a stop
“On top of this being adjacent to the lake the medical mixes with the water for the community which is an environmental crime happening under the watch of the Entebbe town council.” Atuhaire said adding that
“If you give a close look at the water in lake Victoria it’s even changing color well due to excessive waste material it contains “
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