A TEAM reviewing part of Mabira Forest Reserve that Sugar Corporation of Uganda Ltd (SCOUL) wants to acquire started its work on a low note.
However, officials of the national Forestry authority (NFA) and residents were left bitter after the tourism, trade and industry minister Janat Mukwaya declined to entertain their views.
Premier Prof. Apolo Nsibambi, who was supposed to lead the 25-man team of MPs, ministers and permanent secretaries to tour the reserve did not turn up at the meeting and was represented by Mukwaya.
Mukwaya met NFA officials, MPs Joram Pajobo and Nalugo Sekiziyivu at Najjembe eco-tourism centre in Mabira and insisted that SCOUL presents the map of the areas proposed for sugarcane cultivation.
She also postponed the field tour.
Suresh Sharma, the regional manager under Mehtaâ€™s Group of companies and SCOULâ€™s A. Rao presented the map showing the areas comprising of the eastern parts of Mabira.
Mukwaya said there was evidence, including iron-roofed houses, that showed that Mabira was heavily encroached. She promised to organise a tour of the forest on another day.
Mukwaya irks NFA officials