On Tuesday, the residents led by the Ayivu East MP-elect, Geoffrey Feta, delivered a petition to the National Forest Authority-NFA Range Manager for West Nile demanding immediate cancellation of the lease offer of 10 hectares.
Residents and leaders in Arua are demanding an explanation following
the fraudulent lease of a section of Barifa forest for Eco-Tourism development.
On Tuesday, the residents led by the Ayivu East MP-elect, Geoffrey
Feta, delivered a petition to the National Forest Authority-NFA Range Manager
for West Nile demanding immediate cancellation of the lease offer of 10
According to the petition, the 49-year lease was allocated to
Dennis Oguzu Lee the MP for Maracha County.
The residents in their
petition have demanded an immediate reversal of the lease offer arguing that
Barifa forest is awaiting degazettementwhich does not allow for such developments
without being consulted.
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a central forest reserve.//
Kamure Titia a resident of Arua City who is against the giveaway says
that there are demanding an explanation regarding activities between NFA and
the private developer.
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Feta, questions why NFA has gone ahead to giveaway part of the
Barifa forest which is waiting to be degazetted.
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the public interest.//
But Robert Owiny the Range Manager NFA West Nile said all those
who secured business plans with NFA went through the right channel, describing
the allegations of fraudulent lease as incorrect.
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According to the concerned citizens, they will take their protest
to Parliament if it’s not immediately addressed.
Barifa forest currently covers an area of 236 hectares. In 2009, the
then Arua Municipal Council spent nearly a billion shillings to purchase over
250 hectares of land in Logiri Sub County to allow for degazettementof the forest for Arua Eco-City
Currently, West Nile has three central forest reserves including
Laura in Madi Okollo, Barifa in Arua City and Kei in Yumbe district.
Leaders argue that the establishment of the Eco-City will reduce poverty
levels in the Municipality and increase the clean and habitable