Rwot Acana II explained that the council of elders has abolished the sale of land beyond 50 acres and land transactions from 10 acres and above must be authorized by the Chiefdom upon deep interrogation.
Valentino Lalobo, the Chairperson of Trees and Natural Resources of Payira Clan, said that a rapid count and assessment discovered that more than 500,000 shea nut trees have been destroyed from the area, saying that their constant plea demanding that it be stopped has since landed on deaf ears.
Lalobo Valentino, Chairperson of the Natural Resource Committee in Pungole Parish and Council member of Payira Clan told URN during an interview that hundreds of the traditional trees have already been destroyed and used for timbers, logs, and charcoal by NAGRC&DB.
The Prime Minister of the Payira Cultural Institution George Ochol-Onono says they are concerned about the influx of illegal loggers and commercial charcoal producers who have cleared close to six square miles of natural tree cover in the parishes of Burlobo and Pungole.
The Pajule Town Council UCIII Chairperson Tito Brilliant Okello says the affected groups benefited from the NUSAF III program three years ago, but to their dismay they have not yet received their money despite having fully implemented the program.
The PACMECs General Manager Isaac Odong says since the onset of the dry season in October last year the wild bushfires fires have caused unprecedented damage to electricity infrastructure, mainly electric poles and transmission wires.
Julius Nyeko, the Pader District Senior Land Officer says that the fresh demarcation will begin in three weeks. Nyeko maintained that the land in question measuring about 105,400 hectares was erroneously leased out by the Uganda Livestock Industries to private companies and individuals.