No More Alerts to Kyoga Wetland Occupants – Minister Cheptoris

The Minister of Water and Environment Sam Cheptoris has said the government will make no further warnings to L. Kyoga residents about the eviction process.

People occupying wetlands on the lake had agreed with the government to depart the area on July 1 but some have become adamant.

Cheptoris on that background has therefore affirmed that “we must not sacrifice our principles for the sake of votes. We must tell people the truth.”

Cheptoris however lauded the community members who responded to the call, and vacated the area.

“I want to thank those who voluntarily left the wetland, those who haven’t should leave immediately,” he said.

About ownership of land titles, Cheptoris stated that “every land title issued in Wetlands after 1995 will be cancelled & holders will not be compensated.”

According to a statement by the Kibuku district local government, the lake catchment area covers 390 square kilometers and 2 counties with an average population of 203949 persons.

Main occupants of the land are Bagisu, Bagwere, Itesots, Japadhola and Basoga.



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