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Reuters article : 'This is our land': Uncertain future for Ugandans facing eviction from wildlife reserve

last modified Jul 29, 2019 03:52 PM
Contribution made by the DVC at CGHR in collaboration with Apaa Monitor

"In February the government offered to compensate about 370 families with 10 million Ugandan shillings (about $2,700), plus 20 bags of cement and 20 iron sheets to rebuild their homes, if they leave the reserve. 

But a new study by the Centre of Governance and Human Rights at the University of Cambridge, England showed the compensation plan would only cover a fraction of the residents. 

Using satellite imagery, researchers estimated that there are roughly 2,400 households - or about 13,000 people - in the area. 

Plans for further evictions are now on hold as a presidential committee, headed by the deputy speaker of parliament, takes more time to investigate the land dispute. 

This follows the work of a previous committee which examined the issue last year, led by Uganda’s prime minister Ruhakana Rugunda. 

But residents said they will not leave, whatever happens."

                           ('This is our land': Uncertain future for Ugandans facing eviction from wildlife reserve by Liam Taylor)

 

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-uganda-landrights-conflict-feature/this-is-our-land-uncertain-future-for-ugandans-facing-eviction-from-wildlife-reserve-idUSKCN1UI00H