By Benjamin Jumbe
Over 20,000 community members living around Bugoma forest in Hoima and Kikuube districts have petitioned President Museveni over the forests give away.
Through the petition, the communities are calling on the president to use his executive powers to stop the ongoing destruction of Bugoma forest by Hoima Sugar Ltd.
They argue that the destruction of Bugoma, other forests as well as other critical ecosystems such as wetlands, lakes, rivers, national parks, game reserves and others are as a result of corruption in government.
The communities are also calling on the president to investigate the Ministry of Lands, National Environment Management Authority (NEMA), National Forestry Authority (NFA), and other officials who by commission or omission have abetted the destruction of the forest.
This is the second time the communities are seeking the president’s intervention.