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NEMA Warns Namanve Encroachers Again

NEMA ED Dr Tom Okurut (in suit) and one of NEMA staff showing media the encroached land at Bukasa and Namanve

The Executive Director of the National Environmental Management Authority Dr Tom Okurut has Thursday trumpeted the impending eviction of occupants of Bukasa/Namanve Central Forest Reserve.

Dr Okurut also revealed that efforts are underway to cancel all land tittles of people inhabiting the area and other forest reserves across the country.

He noted that NEMA and National Forest Authority would not relent on the pursuit for reclamation of this area of Bukasa.

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“Therefore all concerned persons, decease http://corcoranproductions.com/wp-content/plugins/woocommerce/woocommerce.php especially the encroachers are reminded to start vacating immediately as advised earlier,” Okurut told media in Kampala today.

“Take note that the Government is undertaking a comprehensive program that is underway to cancel all the illegal titles that are in wetlands. The process of cancellation is in advanced stages and Namanve –Bukasa restoration should serve as precedent and warning to all that have illegal titles in such protected areas.”

The NEMA boss noted that the authority issued out an eviction notice to the encroachers occupying the Namanve forest reserve and the surrounding wetlands on 5th December, 2016 and gave them 21days.

These he said however, reacted by going to court and also petitioning the president over the matter.

The President has since pronounced himself on the matter by blaming the encroachers, most of who are army veterans.

The land in question was gazzeted as a central forest reserve in 1932, and partially degazetted in 1997 to pave way for development of an industrial park to facilitate business development.

“The encroachers took advantage of this chance in land use to acquire land titles in wetlands and the central forest reserve, well aware of the fact that they were breaking the law,” said Okurut.

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