Wild animals invade homes in Bunyoro due to deforestation

By Precious Naturinda

For many people adjacent to forest reserves and game reserves in Bunyoro Region, high rate of deforestation is giving rise to human wild life conflict with many problem incidents reported. The incidents involve destruction of crops, killing of livestock and sometimes human injury and death.

The district chairperson for Natural Resources Committee, Mugyenyi Mulindambula, argues that due to deforestation, the habitat of these animals such as chimpanzees and others has been destroyed leading them to resort to conflicting with human. He says if it continues the animals are likely to face extinction.

Oil refinery affected residents complain of delayed resettlement

By Precious Naturinda

 

Three years down the road, residents who are now living like squatters in the proposed oil refinery land in Buseruka sub county Hoima district are still waiting for resettlement.

 

If relocated in the proposed land of Kyakaboga village, Hoima district, the residents are entitled to land equivalent to what they had, a house and other social amenities, according to the commitment made by government in the Resettlement Action Plan.

 

However, in the recent resettlement plan that was availed to the affected residents by the Ministry of Energy and Natural resources, 47 out of 93 families to be relocated are not entitled to houses.

Innocent Tumwebaze, the vice chairperson of Proposed Oil Refinery Residents association says this has not only thrown people into fear for their future but also left them hopeless.