Jesus Iringa, the Itirikwa Sub County Chairperson says that they have tried to drive the encroachers and illegal dealers away from the forest but they are resistant and seem to be having backup of top government officials.
They are using power saws to indiscriminately and have extensively cut trees down from the stems regardless of their sizes or being among the endangered species which include Shea nuts, Afzelia Africana, Mvule and mahogany.
Anthony Ocaya, the Apaa Township LC II Chairperson told URN that a scuffle ensued after security rejected the demands by traders prompting residents to pelt them with stones claiming that they were segregating between the Acholis and Madi.
Speaking to URN in an interview, Atine said that he had learnt with shock that Ojambo had illegally disposed of the timber prompting him to file a formal complaint with Adjumani Resident State Attorney.
The suspects were picked up in an operation led by Xavier Sekanabo, the Commander of the Environmental Police Protection Unit on Saturday evening. The officers braved the rain and stormed the camp in Apaa Junction in Adjumani leading to the arrest of the suspects.
Adao Chol, a resident of Ayil II settlement camp in Ajumani says the refugee community in the country have very limited land allocated to them, measuring 25x30 or 30x30 meters which they can't use for large-scale agriculture. She observes that once they are trained on management of kitchen gardens, it will ensure food security.
Moses Onencan, a boda boda cyclist who traverses the road on a daily basis told URN that apart from health hazards, the dust has equally caused several minor and serious road accidents among the road users.
Josephine Angucia, the West Nile Regional police spokesperson, says the minors picked up the explosive from a bush near the settlement around 2 pm and tried to cut it using a machete triggering it to explode.
Details from a joint research released by the Center for Health and Social Economic Improvement, Makerere University, Gulu University and Ministry of Health early this week point the knowledge gap among refugees in relation to responses against COVID-19 at 40 per cent.
Early this month River Tete burst its banks and displaced residents in the two parishes of Arasi and Elegu, Arinyapi sub-county in Adjumani district. The floods destroyed food crops that were ready for harvest, carried away heads of cattle and submerged several grass-thatched houses.
Construction of Eraji Bridge has been on the key development priority lists of Adjumani district local government for the past seventeen years but the authorities had failed to secure funds for the construction works due to budget constraints, until UNHCR did 7 years ago.
The Deputy Premier told URN that the EU delegates are in the district to assess the magnitude of damage at Zoka Forest Central Reserve which is among Uganda`s largest tropical rain forest measuring about 1,259 hectares, in the South of Adjumani district.
Deputy Prime Minister General Moses Ali, the National Forestry Authority (NFA), Adjumani district leaders have been alarmed by the United Nations' move to remove over three square miles (2000 acres) of natural forest and create a commercial farm for refugees in northern Uganda.