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500 Forest Encroachers Evicted in Isingiro :: Uganda Radionetwork
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500 Forest Encroachers Evicted in Isingiro

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Police in Isingiro have forcefully evicted more than 500 people who had encroached on Rwoho forest in Kabuyanda Sub-County.



The Isingiro police chief, Moses Kafeero, says the evictions followed reports that a veteran identified as Sam Muhwezi had started to sell off plots off the gazetted land to the encroachers. The encroachers had cleared almost half of the forest and were preparing gardens for the next season.



Kafeero says police applied force after the encroachers armed with spears and pangas tried to resist eviction. He also says that over 50 huts were also torched down by police during the evictions.



Police also recovered 25 spears and 18 pangas from the encroachers.



Some of the evicted families are now stranded in Kabuyanda town centre without food and shelter.



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