Katonga Game Reserve Land Owners Get UGX 2.9B Compensation

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People occupying land in Katonga Wildlife Reserve have been awarded 2.9 billion shillings as compensation in preparation to elevate the game reserve to a full National Park. Katonga Wildlife Reserve was established in 1998, along river Katonga in Kyegegwa and Kamwenge districts. It occupies a total area of 211 square kilometres. About 38 households are expected to benefit from the compensation exercise.

People occupying land in Katonga Wildlife Reserve have been awarded 2.9 billion shillings as compensation in preparation to elevate the game reserve to a full National Park.
 
Katonga Wildlife Reserve was established in 1998, along river Katonga in Kyegegwa and Kamwenge districts. It occupies a total area of 211 square kilometres. About 38 households are expected to benefit from the compensation exercise.
 
Under the arrangement, each landowner will receive two million shillings per acre of land and 16 percent disturbance allowance to enable them to vacate the area. The figures were arrived at after negotiations with the community and government valuer.
 
A communication from Jossy Muhangi, the Public Relations Manager of Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA), says the deal was concluded on Tuesday, when the cheque was issued. State minister for finance, Matia Kassaija, the chairperson Parliamentary committee for tourism and trade, Flavia Kabahenda, UWA Executive Director, Andrew Seguya and the Kyegegwa district chairperson, Norman Birungi witnessed the handover.
 
Dr. Andrew Seguya says all the genuine landowners will receive the money in their bank accounts in the next two weeks. He says once this is done, the wildlife authority will move to the next stage of elevating the game reserve into a full national Park. He says the decision to elevate the park was reached after the residents of Kyegegwa and Kamwenge districts presented a request to the authority.
 
Once elevated, this will bring the total number of the National Parks in the country to 11. Currently Uganda has 10 National Parks and about eight game reserves.