Turyakira John, together with the Environmental Shield Limited have dragged Government to the East African Court Justice for giving away Bugoma Forest to Hoima Sugar company.
Through their lawyers of Kiiza and Mugisha Company advocates, these contend that the government’s act of giving away part of Bugoma Forest to a sugar processing company to grow sugarcane will have a negative effect to the natural environment by among others causing pollution of water bodies.
The applicants as such want court to order the Government of Uganda to cancel the Certificate of Approval of Environmental and Social Impact Assesment which was granted to Hoima Sugar.
They also seek a declaration that the project of approval constitutes a threat, breach and infringement of Articles 6(d) ,7(2) and 8(1) of the East African Treaty as amended.
The Attorney General has been already served and given 45 days within which to respond to the allegations against Government.
On 14th August 2020, Government through National Environmental Management Authority (NEMA) granted Hoima Sugar Limited a Certificate of Approval to Environment and social impact Assessment to use 9.24 square miles of Bugoma Forest to grow sugarcane and other related developments.
Since then, several NGOs, public bodies, individuals and other stake holders have been condemning this act requesting government to reverse its decision in order to save the environment from being degraded.