In June last, the Speaker of Parliament, Rebecca Kadaga launched the Mt. Moroto Tree Planting Project in Katikekile Sub County with the aim of protecting the environment and address climate change in the region.
Reports by NFA indicate that Ugandas forest cover across the country tremendously declined from 24 percent 4,933,271 hectares of land area in the 1990 to less than the current 9 1,956,664 hectares percent in 2018.
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.
In his affidavit, Kyiwa argues that there is no justifiable reason for holding the logs, adding that his repeated appeals to the relevant authorities to release the impounded logs have been futile prompting him to turn to court.
In a press statement issued by Julius Mucunguzi, the Communications Advisor of Rugunda, Rugunda noted that the extension is meant to allow for the on-going consultations by the two teams to be finalized.
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.
Under the arrangement, Uganda has committed to reduce agricultural expansion to forest areas, reduce the use of wood sourced from Natural Forests, restore natural forests, and maintain the existing forested areas as well as improving and expanding Community Forest Management.
The institutions include Lia and Musupo Primary Schools, Kodonyo Health Centre II, Kakingol Health Centre III, Katikekile and Tapac sub counties, and the Uganda Peoples Defence Forces--UPDF 3rd Infantry Division headquartered in Moroto. The entities welcomed the move by NFA and offered eight hectares of land to be used as demonstration sites.