Sam Kigula, the LC 5 Chairperson of Nakasongola district, says that they intend to relocate the 1974 households displaced by the rising water levels and those evicted from the land belonging to Nakasongola Army Barracks.
Nakasongola district officials have resolved to relocate 1974 families displaced
the rising water levels in Lake Kyoga to Kyalubanga Forest Reserve before it is degazetted by Parliament. The
eight- square mile forest reserve stretches to four sub-counties including
Nakitoma, Lwabiyata, Lwampanga and Nabiswera.
In his December 15th, 2019
letter, addressed to area Members of Parliament and Resident District
Commissioner, President Yoweri Museveni directed that Kyalubanga Forest reserve
in Nakasongola be degazetted to host the flood
victims. He, however, directed that due process should be followed despite the fact that part
of the forest land is bare.
But before parliament degazettes the forest
reserve, local leaders in
Nakasongola have resolved to relocate the affected families, saying they want
them to utilize current rains to plant food crops to save them from
dying of hunger.
Sam Kigula, the LC 5 Chairperson of Nakasongola district, says that they intend to relocate the 1974 households displaced by the rising water levels and those evicted from the land belonging to Nakasongola Army Barracks. He explains that the process
of degazettement may take long
yet the households are landless, adding that as leaders they can’t wait to see
them die of hunger as they wait for bureaucratic processes.
Kigula says that they have requested tarpaulins from the Office of the Prime Minister, which they expect to receive soon to commence the relocation process. He also noted that by the time the President endorsed the directive, about 2600
households were already occupying part of the land.
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On Tuesday this week, Bernard Kirya Ssekyanzi, the Budyebo County Member of Parliament was expected to present a motion, urging the government to degazette the forest
reserve be he decided to withdraw
the motion from the order paper.
Ssekyanzi told URN on Friday that he was advised
by government officials to stay the motion because it might prompt evictees from other forest
reserves to apply for the same yet
the case in Nakasongola exceptional.
He says that it was resolved that the district moves on to
relocate the affected persons and
followed by the degazzetmment process later.
He says that they don’t have time because the flood victims have
suffered for long, adding that they are also tired
of feeding the affected people as
leaders because of the costs involved.
Beatrice Anywar, the State Minister for Environment couldn’t be reached for comment by
the time of filing this story and couldn’t pick repeated calls to her mobile. In 2020, while president at a function
at Nakayonza Church of Uganda Primary School in Lwabiyata Sub-county in
Nakasongola District, Museveni backed the degazettement because the Baruuli
were persecuted by Colonialists in collision with Mengo leaving them landless.