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.
Resident State Attorney has directed police to investigate accusations of the illegal
sale of 572 pieces of impounded timbers levelled against Stephen Ojambo, a staff
of the National Forestry Authority –NFA.
In his April
13th letter to the District Criminal Investigations Officer, the Adjumani
Resident State Attorney, Swaliki Kiswiriri Munya, says that he is in receipt of
a complaint against Ojambo for the fraudulent disposal of the timber.
“We are in
receipt of a complaint where the above officer is alleged to have fraudulently
sold/dispose of exhibits (timber) in a pending case of Uganda Vs Atine Odongo
Muzendo CRB 146/2021,” read the letter. Adding that “Therefore you are hereby
advised to have this matter fully investigated and forwarded for advice.”
information obtained by our reporter, the timber in question was impounded in
March in a joint crackdown by police, UWA and NFA officials. The officers also
impounded power saws and a TATA lorry that was transporting the timber.
was however released after offloading the timbers at the NFA’s office in
Adjumani. Odongo appeared before the magistrate’s court on charges of the
illegal sale of forest products and was released on bail.
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.
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He also accuses Ojambo of fraudulently impounding
his timbers on grounds that he had cut trees from Zoka Central Forest Reserve,
which is false. He says he hired land from locals in Apaa Village in Itirikwa
Sub –County in Adjumani District where he planted the trees.
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Ojambo has dismissed the allegations levelled against him; saying that he only
impounded five power saws belonging to Atine, which are in police custody. He
explains that he impounded the power saws when he found Atine and his seven
employees illegally cutting trees in Zoka Central Forest Reserve.
Comboni, the National Forestry Authority Manager in Adjumani district, says
that the complaints against Ojambo are false, adding that Atine is an illegal
timber dealer who has been arrested several times.
Godwin Ocaki, the Adjumani
District Police Commander told URN in an interview that they have opened a
general inquiry file following the directive from the Resident State Attorney.