Gen Kahinda Otafiire stops eviction of 60,000 Baganda in Mubende forest reserves - Whisper Eye

Gen Kahinda Otafiire stops eviction of 60,000 Baganda in Mubende forest reserves

Gen Kahinda Otafiire

NRM Minister Rtd Gen Kahinda Otafiire has ordered National Forest Authority to halt the eviction of mainly baganda locals living in forest reserves in Mubende until Uganda cabinet takes a decision as soon as possible.

After the intervention of  local and area leaders from  Mubende District, a crisis meeting was held after NFA issued ultimatum orders to all forest reserves to vacate forest land or face forceful eviction.

Destroyed forest reserves in Mubende

The issued order was to affect people numbering to 60, 000 carrying out farming mostly on that land.

According to Alex Tumwesigye, a National Forest Association sector Manager in Mubende District ,  says forests including Muyinayina,  Lusiba and  Kasolo,  have been encroached on by many people dangering the forests.

The crisis meeting was  attended by the Minister of Justice & Constitutional Affairs Maj Gen. Kahinda Otafiire who underscored the need to rescue forest reserves from encroachment.

Mubende forest reservers

 

The affected residents include retired UPDF officers who have vowed not to leave this land.Leaders in the district including the State Minister for Kampala who is also the Woman MP for Mubende District Benny Namugwanya  and the MP for Kasambya Lewis Mbwatekamwa have pleaded with NFA not to evict the locals

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