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15 Acres of Eucalyptus Destroyed in Ntungamo Wetland

Ntungamo Municipality Town Clerk Christopher Ahimbisibwe told URN that the destruction of the artificial forest aims to send a signal to all those involved in the destruction of natural resources to cease adding that all land encroached on will soon be recovered.
Authorities in Ntungamo district have destroyed 15 acres of eucalyptus trees planted in a wetland.

The plantation is owned by Ntungamo Woman Member of Parliament Beatrice Rwakimari, who is accused of forcibly encroaching on Kyamate wetland, a protected area that was adjacent to her farm.

Ntungamo Municipality Town Clerk Christopher Ahimbisibwe told URN that the destruction of the artificial forest aims to send a signal to all those involved in the destruction of natural resources to cease adding that all land encroached on will soon be recovered.

Kyamate wetland which contributes water to River Kagyera has come under intense pressure from farmers, construction firms and car washing bays.

Ahimbisibwe said that the municipal authorities were following up the presidential directive to restore the reclaimed area. At least 80 percent of the trees have been cut down so far. He says the encroachers are expected to meet the cost of restoration by refilling the dug drainage channels and completely eliminate Eucalyptus trees planted in the wetland.

Beatrice Rwakimari the owner of the eucalyptus plantation could not be reached for a comment.

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