Xavier Sekanabo told URN that the dealers who are from as far as Central, Western and Eastern Uganda didn’t any documents authorisation to trade or transport forest species. He disclosed that the suspects are detained in Gulu and Amuru Central Police Stations
people are in police custody following a crackdown on suspected illegal
charcoal dealers and loggers in Northern Uganda. The suspects were picked up in
a joint operation led by the Environmental Police Protection Unit and the
National Forestry Authority (NFA), which was sanctioned by the Ministry of
Water and Environment.
Fifteen suspects were picked up from Apaa Junction in Adjumani district on
Saturday while cutting trees from Wii Ceri Forest Reserve while six were
arrested from Amuru district along Awere-Olwal road while transporting charcoal
and logs. Seventeen suspects were picked up from Omel and Paibona Sub
Counties in Gulu district, eight from Lamwo and 15 from Pader district.
operation was commanded by Xavier Sekanabo from the Environmental Police
Protection Unit who has pitched camp in Northern Region. The officers
also destroyed thousands of logs and charcoal they found in the camps of the
illegal dealers. The team also recovered power saws and other rudimentary
tools used by the illegal dealers to indiscriminately cut trees for charcoal
Sekanabo told URN that the dealers who are from as far as Central, Western and
Eastern Uganda didn’t any documents authorisation to trade or transport forest
species. He disclosed that the suspects are detained in Gulu and Amuru
Central Police Stations. Sekanabo said that the files of the suspects are
ready for sanctioning next week.
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the operation stemmed from a public outcry about the destruction of the forest
cover in Northern Uganda especially the endangered tree species including shea
nut, mahogany and Africana Afzelia.
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Jimmy Ouna, the Aswa River Range Manager comprising Acholi, West Nile, Karamoja
and parts of Lango sub-regions said that the magnitude of forest destruction in
the area is alarming. He appealed for massive sensitization of the public
on the dangers of forest destruction.
Emmy Daniel Ojara is a young journalist and has been practicing since 2013, during which he covered land rights violation in the contested Apaa and Lakang in Amuru as his first take ups while at Gulu Fm, Favor Fm and later Paidha Fm and Speak Fm where he is still attached.
Human rights abuses and denied access to land by security and government agencies has been the major aftermath of the contest over the lands. The underprivileged such as women, children and the elderly faced challenges in accessing soc