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Kasese to get more land

By Vision Reporter

Added 22nd June 2010 03:00 AM

SOME land in national parks in Kasese district will be given to the Obusinga Bwa Rwenzururu to carry out its development activities. President Yoweri Museveni made the announcement last week at State House Entebbe, while hosting the Rwenzururu king, Omusinga Charles Wesley Mumbere.

SOME land in national parks in Kasese district will be given to the Obusinga Bwa Rwenzururu to carry out its development activities. President Yoweri Museveni made the announcement last week at State House Entebbe, while hosting the Rwenzururu king, Omusinga Charles Wesley Mumbere.

By John B. Thawite

SOME land in national parks in Kasese district will be given to the Obusinga Bwa Rwenzururu to carry out its development activities. President Yoweri Museveni made the announcement last week at State House Entebbe, while hosting the Rwenzururu king, Omusinga Charles Wesley Mumbere.

In a press statement signed by the kingdom’s spokesperson, Patrick Nyamunungu, Mumbere said the President had asked the lands ministry to de-gazette the land.

“We need land for a sh400m solar project that is underway,” Mumbere said. Kasese residents have on several occasions asked the Government to give part of its land to them.

The Government owns land occupied by Ibuga and Mubuku prisons, Rwenzori, Kabale and Queen Elizabeth national parks and Mubuku irrigation scheme.

Of the 3,359sqkm land in the district, water bodies cover 461sqkm, Queen Elizabeth covers 885sqkm and Rwenzori Mountains park occupies 652sqkm. The rest lies under Mubuku and Ibuga prisons farms and Hima Army farm. This leaves 1,647 sqkm for about 700,000 people.

The shortage of land has periodically sparked off conflicts between pastoralists and farmers as each tries to use the limited space.

Mumbere said the President had also pledged to support the maternal and infant health care programmes started by the Nyabghole (Rwenzururu queen).

He hailed Museveni and the NRM Government for recognising the Obusinga wa Rwenzururu on October 19 last year. Sunday vision quoted Mumbere as announcing that he would reconcile with Toro kingdom, a former Rwenzururu belligerent.

The President promised to support peace and reconciliation in the Rwenzori region.

Kasese to get more land

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