Mayuge Residents Dissatisfied With Museveni's Compensation Promise

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In short
Claimants displaced from Bukaleeba Forest Reserve in Mayuge district are dissatisfied after President Yoweri Museveni failed to meet them during his campaign rally in the district.

Mayuge residents displaced from Bukaleeba Forest Reserve are dissatisfied after National Resistance Movement presidential candidate, Yoweri Museveni failed to resolve their compensation issue when he campaigned there.

The claimants have been displaced over the years amidst pledges to re-settle or compensate them in vain, but were promised they would meet the president and get the matter solved.

Among those who present at Museveni's rallies in Bwondha and Mayuge district headquarters on Monday were more than 7000 displaced people from Bukaleeba Forest Reserve, who hoped to meet the president.
Instead, Museveni said he would send Prime Minister, Dr. Ruhakana Rugunda to address the meet the compensation claimants in Bukaleeba forest reserve.

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This has left the claimants dissatisfied and uncertain whether their issue will be addressed.
Bukatuube sub-county chairman, William Atube says the livelihoods of the residents have been affected.
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Robert Ouma, a resident of Nakalanga village in Bukaleeba Forest Reserve says the president should have allowed locals to grow crops within the young trees for survival.

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Currently, Bukaleeba Forest Reserve is run by Busoga Forest Company, a subsidiary of Green Resources Company, a Norwegian firm. The forest covers slightly more than 2010 hectares of land.
According to the Executive Director of Busoga Forest Company, Isaac Kapalaga, the matter if not well handled, may affect their investment.


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Aldon Walukamba
Aldon Walukamba believes he was born to be a journalist. Uganda Radio Network's former Busoga region bureau chief is now in Kampala to continue to do what he loves.

Walukamba has been an active journalist since 2000. He was a radio presenter and producer at Radio Management Services (Busoga FM, All Karamoja FM between 2000 -2004). He also worked as a media trainer at United Media Consultants and Trainers UMCAT and Makerere Institute for Social Development MISD (2005-2007), before he joined Buddu Broadcasting Services as a News Editor and Producer, later Programmes Manager and Station Manager.

Walukamba's journalistic interests are in local government, news, human rights, agriculture, environment and politics. He is member of several professional societies and sports Institutions.