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Amuru Fines Illegal Charcoal Dealers UGX 29m in Ongoing Crackdown

Michael Lakony, the Amuru District Chairman says they revamped the operation on the illegal charcoal business after the perpetrators infiltrated Wii-Ceri Forest Reserve and other areas in Amuru like Lakang, Pogo, Apaa and Okidi.
Indiscriminate trees cut and heaped for charcoal burning in Lokung sub county

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Amuru district authorities have levied fines worth 29 million shillings on illegal charcoal dealers intercepted in the ongoing crackdown on the vice.

In the ongoing operation that Amuru revived early last week, a total of 10 trucks full of charcoal were so far been intercepted, the owners fined 1.2 million shillings each and warned before being released.

Michael Lakony, the Amuru District Chairman says they revamped the operation on the illegal charcoal business after the perpetrators infiltrated Wii-Ceri Forest Reserve and other areas in Amuru like Lakang, Pogo, Apaa and Okidi, among others.

According to Lakony, the perpetrators resorted to transporting the charcoal from Amuru to the different markets at night against curfew hours’ guideline but under the watch of security personnel enforcing the guideline.

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Lakony revealed that in the ongoing operation, Amuru district joined hands with National Forestry Authority –NFA to intercept the illegal charcoal dealers right from the bushes while burning the charcoal other than waylaying the along the way while transporting the charcoal to the markets. It was after a stakeholders meeting they held on Monday 22nd. 

 

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Hilary Onek, the Lamwo County Member of Parliament and Minister for Relief, Disaster Preparedness and Refugees asked all the local leaders in Acholi Sub –Region to join hands and wipe out all the illegal charcoal dealers and loggers out of the region since their acts have devastated the environment. 

In 2018, government under Section 29 (1&2) of the National Forestry and Tree Planting Act of 2003, suspended the cutting, transportation and sale of products of shea nut trees following its rapid destruction.