NFA Replants Extinct tree Species Prunas Africana.

In an effort to restore the diminishing important tree species, a trial to replant some of the rare tree species has been started in Matiri central forest reserve in Kyejojo district.
Uganda loses 90,000 hectares of forestry every year to encroachers for human activity which has resulted into harsh climate change weather conditions now affecting Uganda.
According to Kamugisha Hillary the NFA supervisor for Matiri central forest reserve, they are to replant the extinct anti-cancer tree Prunas Africana and Kaaya (Jirikiti) tree species.
Five hectares of a formerly encroached piece of land inside Matiri central forest reserve have been identified for replanting.
Kamugisha has made the remarks while speaking to Environmental journalists under their umbrella Water and Environment media network Uganda (WEMNET) who visited Matiri central reserve forest to investigate the illegalities in the forests, sensitize masses on the need to conserve forests among others.
“We shall plant these two rare tree species as a pilot because we realized that the natural seed back had been destroyed beyond repair by the encroachers who had cleared the forest for Agriculture and the forest cant regenerate naturally” explains Kamugisha.
Besides replanting, Matiri forest is regenerating on a fast rate according to Byamugisha. This is evident because the once trading centers that had cropped up in Matiri are now a thick bush with several trees shooting up.
“This is where we evicted encroachers last year after they lost a court case but you can see even the bore hole is covered in the bush. That side is where the church was but now unless I tell you that it was a church you can’t tell, it’s all a bush” explains Byamugisha as he shows journalists around the regenerating forest.
Impressed by the regeneration in Matiri, Dezi Irumba of Care international in Uganda who has been on the visiting team has commended the effort of all stakeholders who joined forces to create awareness about the need to preserve matiri forest.
” I am sure this is a success as a result of Efforts by JESSE, the media, NFA and all institutions under the justice law and order sector. We encourage you not to celebrate yet because the political heat is here and its around such times that some politicians give away forest land for settlement in search for votes” says Dezi Irumba.
By Joshua Mutale

Catholic Church updates public on Papal visit.

The Catholic Church has this morning addressed
the media on the pope’s visit at a press briefing
at Nsambya Catholic Secretariat.
Apostolic Nuncio to Uganda, H.E Micheal Blume
reveals Pope Francis will on Wed 25th November
visit Nairobi, Kenya.
On 27th-29th he will be in Uganda. Pope Francis
will touch down on Uganda soil at 4:30 on 27th
November 2015 at Entebbe International airport
where a welcome ceremony will take place.
At 5:30 he will pay a courtesy visit to the
president at sate House. At 6pm meet with
authorities and diplomatic corps, visit Munyonyo
and greet the catechists, teachers and others.
On Saturday; he will visit the Anglican Shrine in
Namogongo, then hold mass at the Catholic
shrine, meet the youth at Kololo air strip, visit
the Charity home of Nalukolongo, meet the
catholic bishops at Lubaga, meet with priests,
religious men and women and seminarians at
Lubaga. On Sunday at 8am, he will depart from
Apostolic Nunciature, at 9am there will be a
farewell ceremony at the airport and at 9:15 he
will depart from Entebbe to Bangui, Central
African Republic for a visit that ends on 30th
November.

Kagina calls contractors to have urgency as Pope visits Uganda.

Allen Kagina calls contractors to have a sense of
urgency as Uganda prepares for the papal visit.
Uganda National Roads Authority (UNRA)
Executive Director, Allen Kagina has told the
contractors, Abubaker Tech Services in charge of
works along the Seeta – Namugongo stretchy to
be “responsive and have a sense of urgency.”
At the weekend, Kagina inspected the ongoing
works along the stretch ahead of Pope’s visit
next month.
Pope Francis is set to use the road when he
visits the Namugongo shrines.
She also promised to ensure contractors are not
held back by bureaucracy of processing their
payments.
The Pope’s visit scheduled for 27th to 29th
November is expected to attract millions of
people from across the world to Kampala.

CMI boss to sue BBC.

The chieftaincy of Military Intelligence boss,
Brig. Charles Bakahumara is considering suing
the British Broadcasting Corporation BBC for
defamation. This follows last week’s reports by
the media house that Uganda government
procured spy equipment that uses an intrusion
malware to infect the communications devices
of key opposition leaders and media.
Bakahumura rubbishes the allegations and says
Uganda has never procured such equipment nor
has his office communicated the need for it to
the president. He also says that the letter shown
in the BBC report allegedly written by him to the
president about the secret operation code
named; Fungua Macho, does not have his rightful
signature and that the one on it is a fabrication.
Last week, BBC aired a story basing on a report
by human rights ‘watchdog’ organization, the UK-
based Privacy International Ltd, focused on
privacy intrusions by governments, which
revealed that the spy programme; ‘Fungua
Macho’ was spearheaded by officials of the
Chieftaincy of Military Intelligence and Uganda
Police Force to spy on opposition leaders.

    Sejusa speaks out on government spying on opposition politicians.

    The former coordinator of intelligence
    services, General David Sejusa, has
    described a report by a UK-based firm
    on the government’s alleged spying
    on President Museveni’s critics as “a
    tip of the iceberg.”
    General Sejusa who is now a fierce
    critic of the Museveni administration,
    said that in reality the spying and
    blackmailing of opposition politicians
    goes beyond what the report by
    Privacy International exposed.