By Juma Nsubuga
Mukono municipality MP also who also serves as the shadow minister for local government , Betty Nambooze has asked government to revisit its decision on the planned inland port project at Bukasa.
Nambooze told news reporters that Mukono and Kira already made their contribution towards the national development by losing substantial natural resource of the forest at Namanve and therefore they should be left with Bukasa.
She says that government decided to turn Namanve forest into an industrial park but it’s close to fifteen years and nothing is on ground and therefore she feels Bukasa project may also go in the same direction.
She also says that the people in Bukasa have not accepted with the conditions set by government in compensation of their land and so people must be consulted fully before the project takes off.
Nambooze also asked government to protect the remaining part of the forest reserve at Namanve which is now being encroached on.
She advised government to come up with a formula for trees to be planted in Mukono municipality especially in the road reserves and
among the residents so as to replace the species that were lost from Namanve.
Nambooze asked the chairperson of the parliamentary committee on natural resources ,Michael Werikhe to disqualify himself from the investigations into the petition by the people of Goma division to parliament.
Goma residents had petitioned parliament asking for its intervention into evictions of residents from Kampala industrial park by Uganda
Nambooze says that as the lead petitioner she has confidence in the committee but says that the chairperson should first excuse himself
because he also played the central role in the de-gazzetting of Namanve land.
She says that instead the chairperson should appear before the committee as a witness because he has information that can assist the committee to come up with a report that can help the people.