The committee chairperson, William Korotyo says that, before their fact-finding trip in Jinja City, they had received reports of squatters who have constructed permanent houses within the rail line and its’ surrounding reserves.
The Chief of Defense Forces, Gen. David Muhoozi says that, all retiring army staff from different departments will be notified of when to retire so as to provide them with ample time of preparing for civilian life.
Fred Nayebale, the Gomba Resident District Commissioner, confirms the annexation of forests by veterans, which followed the allocation of land to some individuals by the former Chief Administrative Officer, Abdul Batambuze.
John Bosco Muruli, the Supervisor Wambabya Central Forest Reserve, says the suspects were found carrying out illegal activities including bush clearing, charcoal burning, lumbering and cultivation among others.
The news of the arrest of the residents, prompted Nadduli to stop Luweero police station accompanied by the LC 5 Chairman, Ronald Ndawula and local leaders demanding the immediate release of the suspects.
The Chairperson Ssese Islands Tourism Development Association, Joyce Kikomeko opposes the degazettment of the forest reserve since it preserves many tourism sites including the Henry Stanley and John Speke sites.
They explained to the legislator how they have been surviving on the streets and employing several youths. The vendors also claimed that they had moved far away from the road reserve but were surprised to see a tractor destroying their businesses.