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NFA says NO to Permanent Settlements around Makonzi Landing Site

Peter Kayemba, the Makonzi Landing site Chairman, explains that they have been requesting NFA several times in more than three years to allow them to expand their residence and replace their shacks with permanent homes due to increasing congestion and filth.

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The National Forestry Authority -NFA has turned down repeated requests by residents of Makonzi landing site in Bukakata sub-county, Masaka district, to build permanent structures.

The landing site is situated in Makozi forest with more than 300 makeshift houses.

Local authorities estimate that that there are about 2,000 residents on the landing site.   According to the residents, the landing site needs to be reorganised with permanent structures due to the growing population.   

Peter Kayemba, the Makonzi Landing site Chairman, explains that they have been requesting NFA several times in more than three years to allow them to expand their residence and replace their shacks with permanent homes due to increasing congestion and filth.   

Kayemba adds that the residents have the potential to erect good houses following a decent plan with a good drainage system.   

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Aloysious Jjjuuko, the Bukakata LCIII Chairman, says the landing site leaders have not approached him on any matters concerning their campaign for permanent structures. 

Dennis Ssebuggwaawo, the Masaka Regional NFA Manager, says the landing site is located in a forest and they cannot allow the residents to build permanent houses because they are not permanent settlers.   

He adds that the landing site leaders requested the approval of their plan but we turned it down.   He says they encroached on the forest reserve and they cannot allow them to establish themselves yet they will be evicted anytime in case of any government program.

  According to Ssebugwawo, at least environment-friendly activities such as nursery bed planting and apiary.   

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