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.
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.
The Anti-corruption court has acquitted the former National Forestry Authority NFA Executive Director Damien Akankwasa of charges in connection with owning property that was not commensurate with his salary.
NFA Executive Director Michael Mugisa explains that due to massive encroachment on the forest reserves brought on by increased human activity, the districts resolved that they get alternative land elsewhere to accommodate the forests.
Once set up, the Tree Fund shall consist of a vote appropriated by Parliament, loans obtained by government, grants, gifts and donations. The money shall then be used to promote tree planting and growing at national and local levels.
Following the cancelation of the draft contract, Beachside Development Services that had paid US $ 6000 for processing the license went to court seeking compensation and damages for loss of business citing breach of contract.
A Court assessor has advised the Anti Corruption Court to convict two former National Forestry Authority (NFA) bosses for unscrupulously giving away 200 acres of land in Nanmave Central Reserve Forest to an investor.