NFA Asked to Resettle Luwunga Forest Encroachers

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The possible evictees are accused of encroaching on Luwunga forest reserve land. NFA alleges that about two square miles of Luwunga forest reserve have been encroached.

The National Forest Authority (NFA) has been asked to look for an alternative piece of land to resettle more than 5,000 people on the verge of eviction from five villages of Kibiga sub-county Kiboga district.
 
The possible evictees are accused of   encroaching on Luwunga forest reserve land. NFA alleges that about two square miles of Luwunga forest reserve have been encroached.
 
James Kiwalabye Kabajjo, the Kiboga East Member of Parliament, made the appeal on Tuesday during a fund rising ceremony to complete the multi-million Kiboga central mosque hospital in Kiboga town.
 
Kiwalabye said that a well streamlined resettlement plan for these people should be discussed by all the stake holders. He noted that most encroachers evicted from Luwunga in the previous eviction campaigns have failed to re-start new decent life.
 
Recently NFA embarked on re-opening the boundaries of 37 square mile Luwunga forest which covers the sub-counties of Kibiga and Kitabona in the districts of Kiboga and Kyankwanzi respectively.
 
The forestry authority maintains that people Kasubi, Kakoni, Wabitosi, Kololo and Kiryankonzi should leave, to ease the work of the New Forest Company which is licensed to replant Luwunga forest reserve.
 
More than 20,000 people have already been evicted from Luwunga since New Forest Company took over its management from NFA few years ago.