Bunyoro Kingdom Reclaims Part of Bugoma Forest Land

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The reclaimed area is adjacent to Bugoma Forest compartments in Muhangaizi block covering the villages of Rwemiseke, Kamugamba, Nsozi, Nyakatete, Kikoora, Mburara, Nyabunende and Kyererezi.

Bunyoro Kitara Kingdom has reclaimed part of Bugoma Central Forest land in Kyangwali Sub County, Hoima district.

The reclaimed area is adjacent to Bugoma Forest compartments in Muhangaizi block covering the villages of Rwemiseke, Kamugamba, Nsozi, Nyakatete, Kikoora, Mburara, Nyabunende and Kyererezi.

Tadeo Asaba, the Kingdom Land Board Chairman says Bunyoro Kingdom has finalized plans to use the land which has been under management of the National Forestry Authority (NFA). He announced the action in a letter addressed to Kyangwali Sub County Chairman, Rwemera Mazirane and warned of legal action against anybody who occupies the area without the Kingdoms consent.

Attached on the letter, is a document from the Uganda Land Commission dated April 4, 2011 showing a list of assets returned to the kingdom by government. These include palaces, cultural sites, forest reserves, and Sub County headquarters among others.

In an interview with Uganda Radio Network, the kingdom Lands Minister Xavier Kiiza said the action is also aimed at preventing further encroachment on the forest land by the neighboring communities.
 
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Members of Kyangwali Twimuke Collaborative Forestry Management group had applied to NFA to use the land for tree planting activities. But Rwemera Mazirane, the Kyangwali Sub County Chairman assured the kingdom that the land is safe from encroachers.
 
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Two weeks ago, Bunyoro King Solomon Gafabusa Iguru petitioned Uganda Land Commission over difficulties in the kingdom repossessing its restituted assets.

The King complained that local governments using the kingdom land were questioning the institution's authority on the properties and demanded communication from the Solicitor General.