Luggo Forest Land Leased for Palm Oil Growing

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Stephen Ssegaluma, the caretaker of the forest says he has failed to manage the whole forest that serves as a source of wood, timber and firewood for people close to it at Buswa Village. He revealed that he has now reserved the only eight acres of the forest and decided to lease out the rest of the land for Palm oil growing.

223 hectares of Luggo cultural forest have been offered to Oil Palm Uganda Limited.   


Luggo is a cultural forest preserved for cultivation of the royal mace, commonly known as the Ddamula, an instrument of power that the Kabaka gives to the Prime Minister.


However, Stephen Ssegaluma, the caretaker of the forest says he has failed to manage the whole forest that serves as a source of wood, timber and firewood for people close to it at Buswa Village. He revealed that he has now reserved the only eight acres of the forest and decided to lease out the rest of the land for Palm oil growing. 

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While as Luggo is a cultural forest, it is situated on a private piece of Land owned by Ssegaluma.


The forest also acts as a tourist attraction for the people in Kalangala District.


Maurice Bafiilawala, the Kalangala District Tourism Focal Person says it was not necessary for the landowner to lease out the forest.  


"It is not just cultural. It also helps in the prevention of soil erosion and silting on the shores of Lake Victoria from Buswa - Kamwanyi Landing Site to Bwendero where it stretches." Bafiilawala indicated.  


According to Ssegaluma, the remaining 8 acres are the most critical in preserving the heritage of the Kingdom since they have trees, where the royal mace is cut, remains situated. He asked all stakeholders not to fear for the extinction of the Ddamula tree.
 
In 2015, the then General Manager Buganda Land Board Godfrey Kyewalabye Male asked Ssegaluma the landowner to offer the land to the Land Governing institution of the Kingdom for preservation.


However, Ssegaluma refused.  Noah Kiyimba, the Buganda Kingdom Spokesperson says the Kingdom is still engaging Ssegaluma to secure the reserved area for the cultural activities of Buganda Kingdom.

 

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