Office of the President Takes On Forest Wrangles in Kibaale

The office of the President has taken up the grievances of government forest reserves in Kibaale district; directing the National Forestry Authority, treatment Security Organs and Kibaale District Local Government to exercise the law when evicting encroachers.

Senior Presidential Legal advisor on land, Florah Kiconco on Monday at Bujogoro primary school in Nyamarunda Sub County in Kibaale district, said the president’s office has taken the responsibility of finding a lasting solution to the growing impasse surrounding the forest reserves.

Kiconco made a number of directives including the withdraw of enforcement officers by the NFA from the said encroachers’ houses, harmonization of the local government leadership on the ongoing demarcation exercise.

Kiconco was responding to the concerns of over 500 residents who say they were mistreated during the demarcation exercise by NFA. They claimed brutality, rape, extortions, looting, diversions of the boundary lines by UPDF and NFA and operating against the court directives among others.

On the court order however, the coordinator law enforcement of NFA Ernest Bagonza indicated that the court directive only affected 128 representatives in the suit and have been left out.

He distanced himself from knowledge about the allegations about the UPDF enforcement officers in the area.

Meanwhile the Kibaale district LC5 chairman Peter Amara has called on the NFA team to ensure that they harmonize with the district leadership to co-operate with district surveyor in ensuring accuracy.

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