District Leaders visit Bukaleba Forest Plantation

In the President’s letter read by the Prime Minister, he issued a directive that community land measuring 500 ha already set aside from Bukaleba Forest Central Reserve (CFR) be given to the community. The letter clearly stated that this land is to be used for tree planting and conservation but not agriculture. However, some residents misinterpreted the President’s communication, and went ahead to burn trees as a step towards settling on the land leased from National Forestry Authority (NFA) near Ndhokero Village.

In a bid to clarify this matter, BFC invited Mayuge local government officials to clearly show them the 500ha of community land in Bukaleba Forest Reserve, already set aside and being used by the community.

The Officials included the Resident District Commissioner (RDC), Mayuge district, Mr Barasa Ogajo, the Deputy RDC Hajj Ssebyala, the District Police Commander, Mr Dennis Odoch, Deputy LC 5 Chairman, the District clerk and District Internal security Officer among others. During the visit, it was reported that the community land was available as per the directive. These 500ha are in Nakalanga village and not Ndhokero village as some of the community members were alleging.

BFC holds two 49-year renewable tree planting licenses to establish and manage forest plantations on 6,466 ha in Bukaleba Central Forest Reserve (CFR), Mayuge district and 2,669 ha in Kachung CFR, Dokolo district. This therefore implies that BFC are “tenants” not owners of this land and the “Landlord” being the National Forestry Authority (NFA) with the mandate to manage CFRs in line with national policies and laws. During the visit, district leaders were also conducted around the new sawmill plant at Kasaali station.

BFC appreciates the great effort and support from local leaders spear headed by the Resident District Commissioner of Mayuge district for sensitizing the community members and provision of security during the elections period.