Vincent Byendaimira, the acting commissioner in charge of Land Use and Regulation has stopped the planned eviction of 1500 families in Malaba to pave way for agro forestry activities.
Eco-Shelter Consultants, a private firm was planning to evict the 1500 families on a 10,000 acres piece of land to start agro-forestry activities forcing residents to protest the move.
While meeting the affected families and their leaders yesterday Byendaimira said the proposed agro-forestry plan had been suspended in the interest of the community.
He however says that the ministry has now directed residents living along river Malaba to plant trees and grass to avoid flooding for their own safety.
The commissioner also opened the area to planning which had been suspended when the agro-forestry plan was released.
Florence Ekikiina, the acting Malaba town clerk had advised the residents to decide who takes responsibility for the tree project.
George Alfred Obore, the former Malaba town council LC 3 chairperson said that although the matter of the evictions has been solved there is still a problem of green spaces that have illegally been occupied by residents.