Museveni wants countrywide investigations into wild fires

By: Dan Wandera

Nakaseke: President Museveni has called for an investigation and possible arrest of people setting up fires that have destroyed thousands of acres of forests and plantations in different parts of Uganda.

“The people responsible for these fires which are destroying our forests are anti-development and should be arrested.”

“These are enemies of development. I saw the damage caused by the fire near Lugogo swamp. The destruction of pine trees was big,” Mr Museveni said.

The President made the remarks at the launch of the multi-purpose agriculture and agro- processing project in Kinyogoga Sub-county in Nakaseke District on Tuesday.

Brought to book

He instructed local leaders to investigate and ensure that those found culpable are brought to book.

Mr Matia Kasaija, the state minister in Charge of Planning, had earlier asked the President to act on the reckless bush burning that has destroyed plantations and forests in the different parts of the country.

“Your Excellency, we would like you to act on the current bush fires that have done a lot of damage to plantations and forests. There is a pine tree forest that was destroyed by a fire. This trend is very unfortunate,” said Mr Kasaija.

Mr James Muruuli Wandira, the Nakasongola District chairman, said wild fires had destroyed hundreds of acres of pine tree forests with owners counting loses.

A series of fires have been reported countrywide with the most recent one destroying more than 620 acres of sugarcane at Kinyara sugarcane plantation.

Recently, several people were left homeless in Karamoja after a mysterious fire destroyed a number of huts. Other case of wild fires have been reported in Kaberamaido and the northern parts of Uganda.

Many of these fires, it is claimed, are started by people who have malicious intentions.

Early this week this newspaper reported a story where a jilted lover reportedly burnt down a cattle market in Kalaki.

Source: Daily Monitor

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