“The masons managed to scare off a few of our community members who had arrived at the scene much earlier on and by the time the rest of us were mobilized through the village Whatsapp group, two trees had been cut down,” she said.
Renowned Jinja city
businessman, Zziwa Mayanja is in trouble for
felling two mvule trees. Mayanja is currently
locked up at Nalufenya police station awaiting prosecution.
for Mayanja started when he cut down the legendary mvule trees believed
to have been planted along the banks of River
Nile and its’ surrounding areas by the
late colonial chief, Semei
Kakungulu in the early 1920s.
is alleged that around 6 am on Sunday morning, Mayanja stormed bridge
avenue within the Southern division in Jinja city together with nine masons and
started cutting down the trees
without alerting any of the local leaders.
Faridah Musiiba, a resident within the area,
says that their attempts to block
Mayanja and his men from felling the trees were futile. “The masons managed to scare off a few of our
community members who had arrived at the scene much earlier on and by the time
the rest of us were mobilized through the village Whatsapp group, two trees had
been cut down,” she
Mayanja presented a 2019 tree clearance permit that was signed by the then deputy Town of Jinja municipality, Jofram Waidhuba. The same permit allowed him to cut down eight Mvule trees. However,
an official in the Natural Resources Office, said that they are investigating
the possibility of forgery.
are suspecting an element of forgery in all this and there are ongoing forensic
audits to ascertain the
authenticity of the permit,” he
Saad Katemba, the area LC1 chairperson, says that the trees not only contribute
to a clean ecosystem but
also create an ambiance for tourists
who throng their area with an aim of experiencing good air
Katemba challenged all citizens to advocate for the
co-existence of ancient tree species and the surrounding communities alike.
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Maria Kasasa, the deputy mayor of Jinja Southern division, says that some leaders who are meant to spearhead
environmental conservation drives are instead conniving with businessmen to
encroach on the green spaces within the city.
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Busoga Kingdom Spokesperson, Andrew Ntange says that Mvule is a rare tree species that defines Busoga’s cultural heritage, arguing that cutting them down undermines
the supremacy of Busoga’s modern culture.
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Jinja Deputy Resident
City Commissioner, Peter Banya says that prosecution
procedures are underway for the suspect
to appear in courts of law.