The Government of Uganda is set to compensate the Batwa who were evicted from their ancestral land in 1991 when forest reserves and national parks were gazetted.
Batwa people were evicted from their traditional homelands when the Bwindi impenetrable forest and Mgahinga forests were declared national parks.
Speaking at the East African regional meeting on ethnic minority community rights, Rukia Nakaddama, the state minister for gender, labor and social development, said the Government is working on a plan to have marginalized ethnic groups, more so the Batwa, resettled in one place.
Nakaddama said the Government has worked on an affirmative action programme under which all marginalised groups can be catered for so that they live good lives like other Ugandans.
Just like the Basongora pastoralists who were evicted from Queen Elizabeth National Park and later resettled on Mubuku and Ibuga Prison farmland in 2008, the Batwa will also be resettled.
The Mgahinga national park and Bwindi impenetrable forest that were homes to the Batwa are now homes to the endangered mountain gorillas that are a great tourist’s attraction in Uganda.
Compiled by Jackie