Residents of Mayuge have started clearing part of Bukaleba Forest reserve and sharing out plots for resettlement. Bukaleba forest reserve is currently managed by Busoga Forestry Company. The company is undertaking the planting of pine and eucalyptus trees to replenish the forest cover that was depleted over the years because of encroachment. The decision by residents to clear the forest stems from a pledge by President Yoweri Museveni to degazette 500 hectares of Bukaleba Forest reserve to resettle landless people from South Busoga. During his rally at Mutagisa primary school in Malongo Sub County last year, Museveni directed that 500 hectares of Bukaleba Forest Reserve be given to landless people from 48 villages in South Busoga for resettlement. Museveni promised to put his directive in writing before the land is given out to residents. Despite the fact that Museveni has not yet issued the letter, residents have already cleared 500 hectare of trees and shared out the plots of land. Dauda Talitangwa Luuba, the acting traditional chief of Bunya chiefdom has is leading the distribution of the land to the residents. Ziyadi Kairu, the finance secretary of the chiefdom says that they have already cleared 500 hectares of the forest reserve and cut down trees to pave way for resettlement. None of the district leaders has commented on the matter as they were not available when this reporter went to the district offices.