According to Opio, owners of small trucks impounded with charcoal will be required to pay shillings 1.5 million while big lorries will pay shillings 3 million. while culprits apprehended transporting charcoal in trailer trucks will pay between shillings 5 and 10 million.
The Agago District Executive committee has resolved to introduce
hefty fines to be levied on businessmen involved in commercial production and
sale of charcoal.
The resolution comes at a time the district is witnessing increased commercial
charcoal production despite a ban on illicit charcoal trade instituted in March
District leaders report that the rising charcoal trade being
conducted by mostly businessmen from central Uganda has seen a sharp decline in
the forest covers in the sub-counties of Kuywee, Adilang, and Parabongo.
Leonard Ojok Opio, Agago LCV Chairperson says that the introduction of the
hefty fines seeks to deter the further escalation of commercial charcoal trade
in the district.
Opio says the resolution arrived at by the district executive committee last
week follows the persistent involvement of some charcoal traders contravening
an earlier ban on the illicit trade.
According to Opio, owners of small trucks impounded with charcoal will be
required to pay shillings 1.5 million while big Lorries 3 million Shillings. Culprits apprehended transporting charcoal in
trailer trucks will pay between shillings 5 and 10 million.
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He says the fine won’t be applied to persons who carry few bags of charcoal for
Opio however faulted security personnel in the district for allegedly conniving
with commercial charcoal dealers who allow them safe passages despite the ban
on illegal charcoal trade.
Samuel Nyeko, Agago District Principal Assistant Secretary says the district
has also reinstated revenue collection at the sub-county levels to deter the
In March this year, during a full council meeting, councillors
unanimously resolved the ban on revenue collection at various checkpoints in
the sub-county and town council arguing that it was promoting illegal charcoal
Each commercial charcoal trader had been paying shillings 500,000
at the sub-county and another shillings 500,000 at the district for obtaining a
Nyeko also noted that with the reinstatement of the revenue collection, the
sub-county officials will be expected to remit 35 percent to the district while
they retain 65 percent of the revenue collected.