Michael Lakony, the Amuru District Chairman says they revamped the operation on the illegal charcoal business after the perpetrators infiltrated Wii-Ceri Forest Reserve and other areas in Amuru like Lakang, Pogo, Apaa and Okidi.
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.
During the launch at Katikekile sub county this afternoon, the speaker said that parliament has adopted Mt. Moroto tree planting as a project for three years. She said that ten hectares of different species including Mahogany indigenous, Markhamia, Neem, Cassia and Pine exotic will be planted in Katikekile sub county.
Masaka District Chairperson Jude Mbabaali had preferred to have the controversy resolved by the court, arguing that the forest had earlier been degazetted. But Martin Lukwago, the district Chief Administrative Officer has backtracked on the decision.
The Speaker of Parliament Rebecca Kadaga has demanded for the speedy restoration of lost forest cover in the country. Kadaga on Friday quizzed officials from National Forestry Authority NFA on steps being taken to stop the massive degradation of forests that has seen the nations forest cover drop to just 9.
Residents from four sub counties in Kibaale district have today petitioned parliament over land eviction that has left 1,300 families displaced. The families were last year evicted from the land bordering Kagombe Forest Reserve by the National Forestry Authority NFA claiming they had encroached on the forest.
Stuart Maniraguha, the Budongo Range Manager, said the issue of illegal lumbering involves both residents and community members. He explains that CFM group leaders often over step their mandate by taking unlawful decisions.
The National Forestry Authority NFA has signed a collaborative management agreement with the Mpanga Community Conservation and Development Association to jointly conserve and protect Mpanga forest reserve in Hoima district.
Francis Atugonza was arrested by a joint force of National Forestry Authority, police and Uganda Peoples Defense Forces. He was arrested together with two others; Rogers Muhwezi and Mustafa Kasaija with whom they claimed ownership of Rwembuno block.
The National Forestry Authority ordered 216 people to vacate Mbaale Forest Reserve, to pave way for tree planting. The residents were given only two months to vacate the 1208 hectares forest reserve located in Butuntumula Sub County, Luweero district.
In 2015, Buganda Land Board ordered all settlers to pay Shillings 100,000 for registration as tenants. At least 78 settlers paid the money before NFA started claiming ownership of the land in 2016 and stopped further developments on it.