Trade minister Michael Kafabusa Werikhe named among forest encroachers

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State minister for Trade Michael Kafabusa Werikhe, has been named among top government officials and other people who have encroached on Namanve Central Forest land in Wakiso District and acquired titles.

The minister’s name appeared on a list of eight encroachers who include individuals and companies that National Forestry Authority (NFA) officials presented before the Parliament’s Committee on Natural Resources yesterday.

The NFA team led by executive director, Mr Tom Okello, together with minister for Water and Environment, Mr Sam Cheptoris, appeared before the Committee chaired by Mr Keffa Kiwanuka.

The committee is investigating several cases relating to environmental degradation in the country.
Mr Okello, in his written presentation, cited encroachers as one of the major problems NFA is facing in managing public forests.

In the case of Namanve Central Forest Reserve, the NFA boss named minister Werikhe, who has a registered title on Plot 227, Block 115 Kyagwe, among the encroachers.
Others are East Africa Heavy Machinery (plot 242); Moses Ndege Bbosa (Plot 143); Lillian Winnie Nampewo (Plot 598); Frank Kalemera (plot 761); Mash Investments Limited (plot 555); and, C&G Andijes Group.

But Mr Werikhe yesterday said he was genuinely allocated the said land by Uganda Land Commission and denied it being in a forest reserve.

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