Effort by the Ministry of Lands, Housing and Urban Development to end the boundary dispute between Queen Elizabeth National Park and Kahendero Wildlife sanctuary in Kasese district suffered a setback yesterday(04th.Aug.2021) when residents walked away from a survey exercise.
Residents vowed not to attend any meeting with Uganda wildlife authority-UWA until the government resolves the boundary dispute that started in 1992.
According to the residents, UWA had previously conducted surveys on the disputed land but they were surprised when the ministry surveyors went to the disputed UWA demarcations and encroached on their private land, resolving to write to the head of the State House Anti-Corruption Unit Col. Edith Nakalema and the office of the president to intervene.
Mr. Robert Kasozi, one of those who abandoned the survey says that he was surprised to see the officials placing the survey coordinates on their land where both his father and the entire family have lived for years.
Mr.Kasozi on Survey……
Mr. Robert Guma, the LC 3 Chairperson of Muhokya town council told our reporter that there is need for mass sensitization before the survey and demarcations are carried out. Mr. Guma on land….
Kasese District LC V Chairperson Eliphazi Muhindi has advised the community to mobilize resources and hire an independent surveyor so that they can compare their findings with that of the government surveyor.
John Vianney Lutaya, the principal surveyor in the ministry of lands who led the exercise, said his work was not to give land to any of the party but rather present a report to the relevant authorities for action. The national park was gazetted over 60 years ago. End.