PRESIDENT MUSEVENI ORDERS FOREST ENCROACHERS TO VACATE


Uganda’s President Yoweri Museveni has directed the Ministry of Water and Environment to evict all the people who occupy land in forest reserves countrywide.
President Museveni channeled the directive two weeks ago through Minister Maria Mutagamba, a move aimed at enhancing efforts to protect natural resources that promote Uganda’s Tourism.

Ms Mutagamba yesterday confirmed the development, saying the ministry has embarked on a survey to study the case to pave way for implementation.
“I received a directive about two weeks ago from President Museveni and we are now preparing how to implement the directive without threatening people. We shall carry out census of the people living in the said forest reserves to know their status and where they came from.” In a telephone interview, Mutagamba added; “We are still planning the strategy and we are ready with the number of people to be affected. We shall communicate and sensitize the public on the benefits.”

In 2006, Mr. Museveni also ordered for a halt on the eviction of forest encroachers, arguing that the government had to first make consultations with all stakeholders. Currently there are over 300,000 forest encroachers in Uganda.

Compiled by
Najjuka Jackie
Safari News Uganda

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