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Masaka District Pleads with NFA over Halted Abattoir

Masaka District Chairperson Jude Mbabaali had preferred to have the controversy resolved by the court, arguing that the forest had earlier been degazetted. But Martin Lukwago, the district Chief Administrative Officer has backtracked on the decision.
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 Masaka District Local Government has appealed to National Forestry Authority-NFA to allow the construction of single pigs slaughterhouse in a forest reserve. The project was blocked by NFA on the ground that it was encroaching on the Kkumbu North Forest Reserve.

Masaka District Chairperson Jude Mbabaali had preferred to have the controversy resolved by the court, arguing that the forest had earlier been degazetted. But Martin Lukwago, the district Chief Administrative Officer has backtracked on the decision.

According to Lukwago, they have established that the district was in the wrong to undertake a project without carrying out due diligence on the status of the land. The site for the proposed pork abattoir is located a few meters from Kijjabwemi Trading Centre, Kimanya-Kyabakuza division in Masaka Municipality.

Lukwago confirms the land is part of a gazetted forest reserve, adding that they have considered pleading with NFA not to block the project.

He explains that the district had earlier attempted to process for de-gazettement the forest, adding that their only considered way to jump out of the mess is pleading with NFA to allow them to enter into Memorandum of Understanding and guide them on how to properly use the land.

 

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Luganda

 

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Masaka District Production Officer Dr Lawrence Mayega is optimistic that the ongoing discussion will yield the preferred results. According to him although they acknowledge the mistake, they would not wish to lose a project that will give the region its first ever common pig's slaughter point.

Denis Ssebugwawo, the Greater Masaka NFA Range Manager confirms that he advised the district leadership to apply for the Memorandum of Understanding, however adding that this can only be successful with the approval of the Executive Director.

He, however, insists they still have the obligation to preserve the forest reserve, arguing that all the preferred engagements must be conducted within the law to avoid endangering the ecosystem.

 

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