Bugesera district advisory council passed a resolution of levying fines to livestock found grazing in the precincts of Bugesera International Airport under construction and Gako Military barracks last year.
The mayor of Bugesera district, Richard Mutabazi has told IGIHE that the decision was made to protect activities in the aforementioned land and residents’ interests as well.
“Children grazing livestock in Gako forest are sometimes engaged in activities that put them at risk among other susceptible hazards. The machinery at the airport construction site might demolish a structure without noticing the pastoralist hence worsening the situation,” he said.
“Moreover, livestock and pastoralists would destroy completed infrastructure. We made the decision to protect residents’ interests and infrastructure as well,” added Mutabazi.
He appealed on residents against grazing livestock in restricted areas.