Indian company known as Joy Symnath India Uganda Limited planting sugarcane for sugar in Kiryanga Sub County has been ordered to halt its work until they produce environmental protection measures.
The company works cover 250 hectares in three villages of Nyaisamba, Kyakatebe and Munsoga all in Kikonda parish Kiryanga Sub County that make River Nkusi Wetland and also neighbor Ruzaire Central Forest Reserve.
Lillian Ruteraho the Kagadi district RDC says that the investor encroached on the wetland and ordered all workers who were found at the site to immediately halt works until their boss is produced to the security committee.
Lillian says that as government they will do what is possible to conserve the environment and further cautions the general public and especially leaders to get rid of selling government land like wetlands and ensure that they have protected the environment.
Wilber Mujuni the Chairman LCIII Kiryanga Sub County asked government to act serious on investors who encroach on wetland and forest reserves but are left while local farmers are evicted with their property destroyed.
It is said that this land was sold in connivance with the Chairperson LCIII Wilber Mujuni, Araphael Twesige LCI chairperson Kyakatebe, Kato Wilber LCI chairperson Nyaisamba and Andrew Kagwa LCI chairperson Munsoga.
Efforts to talk to the Indian investor only identified as Banti were futile since he was not at the site by the time we compiled this.