Okello who toured the two forests on Saturday was surprised that people who were approved by NFA to restore the forest as well as promote ecological activities, were instead cutting part of the forests and planting non-indigenous trees such as pine.
Dr Kabanda says bats and people can co-exist since bats provide numerous benefits. They are good predators of night flying insects including mosquitoes besides contributing to medical advances such as navigation aids for the blind.
While flagging off the group, Archbishop Kaziimba appealed to Ugandans to love the environment and every natural surroundings since they were given to man by God with a special responsibility to care for them.
Legendary tales has it that Ssezibwa was born of a woman called Nakangu Tebatesa, wife of Nsubuga Ssebwato. The mythical around the place is that Nakangu gave birth to two twine rivers of which the older one (Wasswa) was named Ssezibwa and the young one (Kato) named River Mubeya in Nyenga.
Dozens of jerricans and calabashes are also scattered in the forest near the tree. According to Mukama, the calabashes and jerricans are left behind by the people who use them to drink local brew. 83-year-old Bonefansio Nkugwa settled in the area in the 1960s.
Micheal Ojja the Mabira Sector Manager says that there are 14 enclaves measuring about 2,660 hectares that were gazetted in 1932 when the forest was declared a central reserve. These enclaves were deliberately spared for people to live in so as to offer protection to the forest and its habitats.
John Okumu, the Head teacher of Naminya R/C primary attributes the high absenteeism to the poor attitude of parents towards education. He says many of them believe education has nothing to do with a person’s development in today’s Uganda.
Over 30 families in tongolo village in Njeru municipality have abandoned their homes due to heavy rains that flood in their houses ending up destroying them and their properties. They have resorted to renting and others have shifted to other villages.