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Busoga Chief, Former MP Munaba Fight Over Forest Land

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The soldiers handed over Ntale and the three civilians identified as Elvis Bagyananseko, Dennis Kalulu and Joshua Kalulu to Mayuge police station. The two royal guards whose identities have been withheld were detained in the forest.
Part of the southern range in Mayuge district.

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The former Kaliro district woman Member of Parliament, Flavia Munaba and John Ntale, the Chief of Bunhole Bunanumba chiefdom in Busoga kingdom are feuding over ten acres of forest land in Kyoga Southern range in Mayuge district. 

Ntale is said to have deployed two royal guards and three civilians to cut down trees on the contested land but were disarmed by UPDF officers attached to the National Forestry Authority-NFA, who also impounded the timber they had cut. 

The soldiers handed over Ntale and the three civilians identified as Elvis Bagyananseko, Dennis Kalulu and Joshua Kalulu to Mayuge police station. The two royal guards whose identities have been withheld were detained in the forest.  

In her statement at Mayuge central police station, Munaba says she secured a concession from the NFA to plant trees on the forest land for five years. 

“The chief is aware that, the said trees were planted by my family members and it troubles me seeing him at the forefront of cutting them,” reads her statement in part.

Ntale stresses that some of the trees were planted on behalf of the Kingdom and he has a right over them in his capacity as a royal chief.  

“Some of these trees were planted by royal chiefs to show our people the importance of forestry within our communities, and I do believe that such trees belong to the kingdom and it is out of order to call me an encroacher,” he says. 

George Musinguzi, the UPDF Spokesperson Jinja Zone told URN in a phone interview that the two royal guards were handed over to the force’s headquarters for disciplinary. 

“It is true that some of these chiefs misuse the royal guards, but these two have been handed over to the royal guard’s directorate for further action,” he said. 

The Mayuge District Police Commander, Rodgers Kapere confirms the incident, saying Ntale has been released on bond. Kapere says the suspects have been charged with criminal trespass and theft of trees.

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