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.
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.
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.
The Chair of the Board of NFA, Gershom Onyango, says in 2005, there were an estimated 180,000 encroachers and when NFA started to evict them the government in 2006 issued an executive order stopping the evictions.
National Forestry Authority in January 2016, ordered the affected people to vacate the piece of land measuring approximately 210 hectares in Abalokare, Dogikore and Amoilela villages in Amoilela parish, Bala Sub County. They were accused of alleged trespass on the reserve.