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NFA on the Spot as Kibaale Forest Cover Dwindles

Residents in Kibaale are concerned that human activity is depleting forest reserves there

By Maureen Mwagale

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12: 37: PM: Gen Kale Kayihura arrives in Kyengera amidst tight security.

He appeals to journalists and police officers at the scene to remain vigilant. He is led into the house thought to be harbouring militants liked to Somali-based Al Shabaab group.

12: 17PM In Kyengera, cialis 40mg http://denafilmax.com/wp-content/plugins/woocommerce/includes/cli/class-wc-cli-exception.php Chimp Corp Kenneth Kazibwe says heavily-armed counter terrorism personnel have surrounded a residence where the suspected terrorists were found.

“Police are guarding a big house with a few other Boys’ Quarters in the compound, web http://clinicapetterson.com.br/wp-includes/post-formats.php ” reports Kazibwe.

“We are expecting Gen Kale Kayihura at this scene any time from now.”

It should be remembered that since State Prosecutor Joan Kagezi’s murder in Kiwatule, Kampala, police have been searching for the killers in a wider anti-terrorism investigation.

Gen Kayihura calls for caution while entering the residence

Gen Kayihura calls for caution while entering the residence

Gen Kale is led to the house by heavily-armed counter terrorism officers

Gen Kale is led to the house by heavily-armed counter terrorism officers

It appears police raided the house in the wee hours of Tuesday.

Detectives and forensic experts are stationed at the house. Roads leading to the have been cordoned off.

Forensic experts combing the area for evidence against the suspected terrorists

Forensic experts combing the area for evidence against the suspected terrorists

Police, forensic experts and a woman can be seen at the house being checked for explosives

Police, forensic experts and a woman can be seen at the house being checked for explosives

Police at the residence of the suspected Al Shabaab terrorists in Kyengera (Photos: Kenneth Kazibwe/CR)

Police at the residence of the suspected Al Shabaab terrorists in Kyengera (Photos: Kenneth Kazibwe/CR)

Security remains tight with gun-toting counter terrorism personnel deployed in the area.

9:30am: The Inspector General of Police, Gen Kale Kayihura is set to brief journalists in Kyengera, Wakiso District, where suspected terrorists were arrested, Chimp Corps report.

The conference is expected to take place at Gapco Kyegera Branch at 10:00am on Tuesday.

We are yet to get authentic details about the arrests  and identities of the suspects.

However, an intelligence source tipped us that suspected Al Shabaab militants were arrested at the fuel station during the Easter holiday.

Police guarding the premises occupied by alleged extremists

Police guarding the premises occupied by alleged extremists


The Inspector General of Police, try http://cccnt.com.au/wp-content/plugins/the-events-calendar/src/tribe/asset/tribe_select2.php Gen Kale Kayihura is set to brief journalists in Kyengera, http://consugi.com/wp-admin/includes/class-wp-internal-pointers.php Wakiso District, where suspected terrorists were arrested, Chimp Corps report.

The conference is expected to take place at Gapco Kyegera Branch at 10:00am on Tuesday.

We are yet to get authentic details about the arrests  and identities of the suspects.

However, an intelligence source tipped us that suspected Al Shabaab militants were arrested at the fuel station during the Easter holiday.

Details soon….
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The conference is expected to take place at Gapco Kyegera Branch at 10:00am on Tuesday.

We are yet to get authentic details about the arrests  and identities of the suspects.

However, an intelligence source tipped us that suspected Al Shabaab militants were arrested at the fuel station during the Easter holiday.

Details soon….
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Residents and local leaders in Kibaale district have accused National Forestry Authority [NFA] of fueling encroachment on forest reserves there.

The accusations came on the heels of a protracted battle against forest reserve encroachment in which around 15 forests in the districts have been entirely destroyed.

During a meeting organized by Mid-Western Anti-Corruption Coalition-MIRAC in Kyebando sub county, ambulance http://cmlsociety.org/wp-content/plugins/events-manager/em-bbpress.php residents faulted NFA for failing to demarcate forests reserves which has left them open for encroachers who are thronging them for cultivation, http://crossfit908.com/wp-admin/includes/class-wp-plugins-list-table.php production of timber and charcoal among other illegitimate activities.

Residents further accuse the Authority officials of protecting some illegal activities in the forests like timber production.

NFA was also faulted for failing to prosecute culprits of forest reserve encroachment.

One of the residents, http://chrisbevingtonorganisation.com/wp-admin/includes/class-wp-internal-pointers.php who lives near a forest reserve said many encroachers are often arrested and released without charge, even when there is evidence to pin them.

Peter Kyamanywa the LC3 Chairperson Kyebando sub county fears that about four more forest reserves in his sub county are on the verge of extinction.

With no clear answers to the residents’ queries, Eriani Charles; the NFA Sector Manager for Kagadi at the meeting called for joint efforts between the community and the Forestry authorities to stop the destruction of the forests.

He attributed the failed fight against forest reserve encroachment to political interference.

Kibaale district loses 8,000 hectares of forest cover every year according to the 2014 forestry department report.

However, as the trend of encroachment on forests heightens, Kennedy Mugume from Mid-western Anti-Corruption Coalition says they have intervened through a program dubbed ‘Deepening Democratic Governance’ in the forestry sector aimed at timely and exclusive reporting of illegitimate activities.

He says there is need for change in forestry management in order to curtail the escalating encroachment.

Encroachment on central forest reserves in Kibaale shot through the roof in early 2000s with the influx of immigrants from southern Uganda districts.

In early 2015, the High Court Court in Kampala issued out an eviction order to about 70,000 illegal settlers in Guramwa Forest Reserve which was completely cleared off for agriculture production and charcoal production.

In 2013, Kibaale district passed out an ordinance enshrining all tough penalties against culprits of forest degradation and other natural resources.

However, the ordinance is yet to measure up to the expectations.

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