LCI chairperson and one other arrested for failing to vacate Muziizi wetland buffer zone

The office   of the RDC Kagadi in conjunction with the National forestry Authority- NFA has arrested two people including the John Niwagaba the chairman LC1 of Humura Village in Kisura Parish Bwikara Sub-County and Edson Birahwa for allegedly encroaching on Muziizi wetland tributary.

The duo were arrested in an operation to crackdown encroachers on Muziizi wetland and its tributary in Kagadi district and were found in the wetland opening new gardens for plating maize, water melon, beans, tomatoes and eucalyptus trees.

RDC backed  up by police, NFA staff and UPDF officers cut down over 20 acres of eucalyptus trees that were illegally planted along  the banks of  River Muziizi in Buswaka village, Kyaterekera sub county Kagadi district.

Boaz Basigirenda, the Kagadi National Forestry Authority sector manager Kisindi said NFA has plans to distribute natural trees like emisizi type in order to restore river Muziizi (wetland) and asked residents of Kagadi to voluntarily vacate central forest reserves and wetlands as guided by president.

To her surprise, RDC Lillian Ruteraho found out that where they cut trees to pave way for regeneration of Muziizi wetland, residents have continued to plant their crops and warned that they should be arrested and faces the law.

In total, over 35 acres of eucalyptus trees has been cut down along the River Muziizi banks and two people arrested for failure to adhere of the call of wetland vacation.

The 48 MW Muziizi Hydro Power project is to be developed by Uganda Electricity Generation Company Ltd (UEGCL) and is located on River Muzizi covering districts of Kagadi, Kyenjonjo, Kabarole and Ntoroko on a cost of Euros 120 billion and it is estimated to affect over 829 people.

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