Why River Rwizi is important in Ankole Region
Abahumuza Development Group is organizing a marathon in Mbarara on 30th dubbed #SaveRiverRwiziMarathon2022 whose aim is to create awareness to save the biggest river in Western Uganda.
Here is why it is important to save River Rwizi?
The River Rwizi system navigates through Ankole highlands in South Western Uganda providing a source of water and livelihood to people across the region. At least 12 districts including Rakai, Lyantonde, Isingiro, Lwengo, Kiruhura, Mbarara, Bushenyi, Buhweju, Rwampara, Sheema and Rubirizi depend on Rwizi’s water for both domestic and commercial use.
The Rwizi river system that covers approximately 8,200 km is under serious threat and is on the verge of drying up due to degradation.
And this is why is #SaveRiverRwiziMarathon22 has been created to save the situation.
River Rwizi which is a lifeline for more than 5 million people in Southwestern Uganda including over 400,000 people in Mbarara City has experienced severe degradation in the last 10 years.
The river could soon be history if we don’t act fast and restore it’s ecosystem. #SaveRiverRwiziMarathon22