Justice Catherine Bamugemereire has warned the board of National Forest Authority over impunity and corruption that is threateneing to wipe off Uganda’s forest cover.
Bamugemereire said it today( 8th/November/2018) at Records Center Wandegeya, headquarters of Land Probe Commission as the board members appeared.
” You have failed to cancel land titles in all forests and the consequences will be grave for us and great grand children”.
Bamugemereire asked Gersom Gunyalli Onyango to explain action they had taken on Kimaka forest reserve as a board apart from writing to the registrar of titles to cancel.
Onyango first kept quite and seemed to be lost, he said they would ask officers in charge to push for action.
Justice Bamugemereire said “natural resources are going to waste , if you dont stop colluding and promoting impunity lives of Ugandans will go waste”.
Between 1990 and 2000, Uganda lost an average of 86,500 hectares of forest per year. This amounts to an average annual deforestation rate of 1.76%. In total, between 1990 and 2005, Uganda lost 26.3% of its forest cover, or around 1,297,000 hectares.
She said Budongo Forest has been cut down as the National Forest Authority watches and yet withouth forests strange diseases will disturb Ugandans.
Bamugemereire said all titles given in forests must be cancelled not some.
National Forestry Authority New members include Chairperson Onyango Gunyalli Gersom , Tubwita Grace, Bongozya Stephen Mugumya, Langoya Council Dickson and Dr. Maggie Kigozi.