3000 Resist Forest Reserve Eviction in Mayuge

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More than 3000 encroachers on Bukaleba forest reserve in Mayuge district have rejected an eviction order issued by Mayuge district local leadership from a 15 hectare piece of land in Buyobo village.

More than 3000 encroachers on Bukaleba forest reserve in Mayuge district have rejected an eviction order issued by Mayuge district local leadership from a 15 hectare piece of land in Buyobo village.
 
On Wednesday last week, a group of residents raided Bukaleeba forest reserve in protest of their eviction from Bukaleeba forest reserve in Bukatuube Sub County.
 
The encroachers who are armed machetes, hoes and big sticks come from Kapaluuko, Budala A, B, C, Buyobo and Buwolomela villages in Bukatuube Sub County.
 
The District Police Commander Caroline Akoth Mayuge insists they will be evicted from the forest land.
 
They accused Jackson Basalilwa a district councilor for Bukatuube Sub County and William Atube chairman LC3 Bukatuube Sub County for conniving with the management of Busoga Forest Company to chase them away from the land.
 
Aggrey Sajjabi LC2 Chairman for Bukatuube parish says the people in Buyoba and Buwolomela villages have had no land to grow crops since Busoga Forest Company forcibly relocated them from their ancestral land without compensation in 1989.
 
He says the people from Buyobo, Buwolomela, Budala A and Budala B relocated themselves to the 15 hectares to grow food to feed their families.
 
Michael Ochieng, a resident of Buwolomela village, says government must intervene to force Busoga Forest Company to compensate them for their land or else let them retain the land in Buyobo. 
 
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The Bukatuube LC3 Chairman says Busoga Forest Company must honour the agreement it made with the encroachers to provide them land to cultivate crops to survive and live on.
 
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Busoga Forest Company manager Teddy Nsamba, however, insists the displaced persons are encroachers who have ignored calls to vacate the land for over five years.
 
The Mayuge District Natural Resources Officer Musa Lubanga says the group must leave because nobody is allowed to claim land in a forest reserve.
 
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