By Kabuye Ronald
National Environment Management Authority (NEMA) has emphasised that it will not compensate any encroacher occupying public land across the country. According to the executive director NEMA Dr. Okurut Tom, the land act doesn’t permit them to compensate any person occupying public land but rather sue them however in this case government has opted to negotiate with the ones who established reasonable businesses on public land and unknowingly. It’s on this note that Dr.Tom advised residents of kitto, namataba and bukasa in wakiso district to relocate since that land was given to the ministry of works and transport to enable the construction of the starndard gauge railway, that will connect Uganda ,Kenya,Rwanda and tazania adding that no one will be compensated. He appealed to the public to stop encroaching on land reserved for water bodies and forestry In the same the National Forest Authority executive director Michael Mugisa expressed dissatisfication with the manner in which courts handle cases against encroachers since most of them end in only caution under the guise of being first time offenders. Meanwhile one of the officials from the ministry of works and transport Diana Apio revealed that out of the 11 districts where railway will pass, its only in wakiso district were residents are not cooperative which has grossly negatively affected the progress of their work.

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