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Bugoma Forest Boundaries Marked with Concrete Pillars

The Bugoma forest boundary line has been a source of contention between NFA and Veterans under Tulipona Veterans Association after the latter encroached on part of the forest in Nyairongo village Kabwoya Sub County, in 2012.
The controversy surrounding the Bugoma Forest boundary line is expected to end after National Forestry Authority demarcated the forest land with Visible, concrete pillars.

The Bugoma forest boundary line has been a source of contention between NFA and Veterans under Tulipona Veterans Association after the latter encroached on part of the forest in Nyairongo village Kabwoya Sub County, in 2012.

Although National Forestry Authority had managed to push them out, the veterans claimed that they had been illegally evicted. They demanded the re-opening of the boundaries to determine whether they were inside the forest reserve.

Subsequently, a joint boundary verification exercise was undertaken with NFA and private surveyors hired by the veterans. The veterans were however found to have cleared more than 5000 acres of the reserve for agriculture. The unclear forest boundary line has been partly blamed for the encroachment on the forest reserve.

Stewart Maniraguha, the NFA Kisindi Sector Manager says an area of 2.25 kilometers of Bugoma forest in Nyairongo has already been marked with the 1meter tall concrete pillars bearing NFA inscriptions.

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Maniraguha explains that the boundary re-marking exercise continues to cover the entire Bugoma forest which is more than 41,000hectares and other central forest reserves in Kisindi sector. The Sector which covers the districts of Hoima and Masindi has 11 central forest reserves. The reserves are however under constant encroachment by neighboring communities.

Ambrose Mwesigye, the Hoima Deputy Resident District Commissioner says the re-marking of the boundaries has been long overdue. Mwesigye is optimistic that the visible boundary marks will curtail the rampant encroachment on forest reserves.

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