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Division Chairman, Assistant Town Clerk on Spot Over Illegal Tree Cutting

Grace Musinguzi, the representative of Rutooma ward, says the decision of the two leaders was uncalled for, saying they should have sought council approval.

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Isaac Mucunguzi Rushoga, the Northern Division LC III Chairperson in Kabale municipality and town clerk, Henry Kamugisha are on the spot for cutting down trees belonging to the division without council approval. The contested trees were planted by the division on public land in Butare Cell in Rutooma Ward in Northern division.

They were cut down last month by Alex Mujuni who was contracted by the division to complete the resource center. Mujuni cut down the trees to get poles for his workers to stand on while undertaking the construction work. The Division councilors accuse Mucunguzi and Kamugisha for authorising the cutting of the trees without council approval.

They argue that the contractor should have bought trees to use as poles instead of cutting down the division trees. Denis January, the representative of Upper Bugongi Ward, says the contractor is supposed to provide all the materials for his job since he is being paid.

Grace Musinguzi, the representative of Rutooma ward, says the decision of the two leaders was uncalled for, saying they should have sought council approval.

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Emmanuel Niwagab, the representative of Lower Bugongi ward, says the decision by the two leaders to okay the cutting of the trees without council approval is a sign of disrespect to councilors. He suggests that they establish the value of the trees and recover the money from the two officials.

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The Division town clerk, Henry Kamugisha says they okayed the cutting of the trees after the contractor agreed to fence the division premises using the logs from the trees at no cost.

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The Northern Division LC III Chairperson, Isaac Mucunguzi Rushoga says there is no reason for councilors to quarrel because the trees are helping in the development of the division.  Efforts by URN to get a comment from the contractor were futile as his phone numbers were switched off.

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