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Environmental Authorities Evict Kumbu Forest Encroachers

Agnes Namatovu, one of the affected encroachers, says the eviction caught them unawares since they didn’t receive any warning.
13 Mar 2019 10:39

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Environmental Authorities in Masaka have started evicting encroachers from Kumbu forest reserve. 

The Environmental authorities embarked on the eviction exercise on Tuesday backed by security operatives.    

The evicted encroachers in Kimanya/Kyabakuza division south of Kumbu forest reserve. They razed down several buildings, banana plantations and crop gardens on the forest land.  

The officers turned deaf ears to pleas by the encroachers to give them more time to move. 

Agnes Namatovu, one of the affected encroachers, says the eviction caught them unawares since they didn’t receive any warning.  

According to Namatovu, she needed some time to resettle her family instead but they were kicked out without being given time to relocate.

 

//Cue in: “Njagala bandekemu….  

Cue out: ….nina abaana,”//     

Paul Mubiru, another affected resident, says they spent huge sums of money to construct their houses, arguing that the authorities should have stopped them if it was illegal to settle on the forest land.    

He says that he had occupied the contested land for more than four years but no forest officer ever told him that he had encroached on forest reserve land.  

Mildred Nafuna, Masaka District Forestry Officer, says they had severally warned the affected people to stay away from the forest reserve land in vain. 

According to Nafuna, the encroachers have occupied more than 1.5 hectares of the forest reserve land.    

//Cue in: “Tuvudemabega nga tubalabula….     

Cue out:…..abantu gebakozesa,”//    

She has warns residents against settling on forest land and wetlands, saying they intend to extend the operation to other parts Other protected areas under threat of degradation are Mujjuzi and Kyakumpi forests both in Masaka district.

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