Encroachers directed to vacate wetlands, game and forest reserves
By Shamim Saad
Added 9th June 2020 04:36 PM
Persis Namuganza, State Minister for Lands. Photo by Shamim Saad.
WETLANDS ENCROACHERS LAND
The State Minister for Lands, Persis Namuganza has directed people who encroached on wetlands, game parks and forest reserves to vacate the land immediately.
This follows the Presidential directive to the lands ministry to come up with the National Physical Development Plan whereby, every land in the country must be planned for.
"We are working with the environment ministry and the enforcement bodies like UPDF and Police to ensure that people who settled on wetlands, forest, national parks and games reserves vacate because the president has already directed us to come up with a national physical development plan" she noted.
Namuganza also noted that the President emphasized all the land be planned for properly so that they can guide people as the ministry responsible not to just grow food crops and build houses anywhere they want but rather guide them as per National Physical Development Plan.
She said the ministry will help resettle those who do not have where to go but this will happen after they have vacated the protected areas.
"Most of these people know where they came from; they are only taking advantage of the protected areas. We are appealing to those who feel like they don't have anywhere to go to first vacate these areas," she said.
Adding, "As government we should come up with plan to resettle them on some of the land which is under central government so that they can start their life it is from there that they will be supported by the government under the Office of the Prime Minister (OPM). Otherwise, we shall not listen to any excuse, if forceful eviction is the only option then we shall carry it out," Namuganza stressed.
Recently the National Environment Management Authority (NEMA) issues stringent measures against the people who cultivate on the river and lake banks in the country.
This followed the Presidential warning against people who dig on river and lake banks. The warning was passed on Sunday during his national address on the state of the country in this period of COVID-19 pandemic.