9 July 2006

Uganda: 300 Encroachers Raid Kagadi Forest

Kampala — An estimated 300 people last week illegally re-entered Kangombe natural conservation forest reserve in Kagadi and Mugarama sub-counties.

The reserve borders Kyenjojo and Kibaale districts and is situated along River Muzizi, whose water levels are reportedly dropping due to forest clearing.

The encroachers swore not to vacate the reserve until they are given an alternative settlement and land for agriculture.

They said they entered the reserve because of lack of adequate land for agriculture.

The National Forest Authority sector manager for Kibaale, Godet Aryatwihayo, condemned the act and vowed that the encroachers shall be evicted.

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