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Mayuge district headquarters has been a bee hive of activities for the past few days as men with noisy power saws cut down trees in almost all directions. Some trucks were have been ferrying the logs to unknown destination.
Some of the trees that have been cut down at Mayuge district headquarters.

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Mayuge district councillors through the Production and Natural Resources Committee are protesting a move by the LC V Chairperson, Omar Bongo and his technical team to cut down the green belt at the district headquarters.  

Mayuge district headquarters has been a bee hive of activities for the past few days as men with noisy power saws cut down trees in almost all directions. Some trucks were have been ferrying the logs to unknown destination. 

The 12-year-old green belt of pine trees resting on a five-acre of land was reportedly cut down on the instructions of the LC V chairperson. The move has angered councilors who argue that Mayuge is home to forest reserves and the presence of a green belt at the district headquarters where residents seek services is a gesture, which encourages them to stop encroaching on forests. 

They argue that cutting down the trees is a setback to the conservation efforts. Isaac Owori, the Mayuge District Production and Natural Resources Committee Chairperson, says the trees were planted by residents and district authorities arguing that both parties should have been consulted before clearing the green belt. 

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Bongo denies any wrongdoing and blames his political opponents for frustrating development projects at the district.

"The whole exercise of cutting down trees is being done by the technical people and i am not party to it. My political opponents both within the council and the entire district who have always frustrated all my development projects are the ones blaming this on me,” he said.

The Mayuge District Natural Resources Officer, Musa Maganda, says a new species of hybrid eucalyptus will be planted at the district headquarters in two weeks’ time to replace the pine trees, which had stunted. 

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