Encroachers invade Bugoma forest again - Daily Monitor

Encroachers invade Bugoma forest again

Friday December 20 2013

By Francis Mugerwa

Hoima- More than 1,500 encroachers who were evicted from Bugoma Forest Reserve in Hoima District in March last year are slowly sneaking back into the protected forest, the anti-corruption activists who visited the forest recently, have revealed.

The Mid-western Regional Anti-Corruption Coalition project officer in-charge of forestry governance, Mr Kennedy Mugume, said the encroachment was reported by monitors to National Forestry Authority (NFA).

The NFA sector manager in-charge of Kisindi sector, Mr Stuart Maniranguha, said his office has so far arrested four suspects and charged them.

The Daily Monitor has, however, learnt that after the arrests, the encroachers began witch hunting monitors and NFA supervisors in Kyangwali Sub-county, accusing them of espionage.

They claimed that NFA supervisors move with arrows which scare the community. Mr Maniraguha said about three to four hectares of the forest has been encroached on for subsistence cultivation and pit sawing.

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