Without mentioning names, Lokech castigated the alleged involvement of some RDCs, DPCs and politicians who were using their positions to exploit and abate illegal logging of endangered tree species in the Acholi Sub region without recognizing the diverse impacts of environmental degradation.
The Deputy Inspector General of Police Maj. Gen. Paul
Lokech has warned Resident District Commissioners, District Police Commanders
and politicians in Acholi Sub Region who are purported to be involved in
illegal logging activities, that they risk facing arrest.
Maj. General Lokech issued the caution on Saturday while
speaking at the requiem mass organized to pay tribute to the former Gulu RDC
Major Santo Okot Lapolo who succumbed to the deadly coronavirus on 9th
January from Mulago National referral Hospital in Kampala.
Lokech was speaking at the deceased's ancestral home in
Lujorongole village, Lunganyura parish Orom Sub County in Kitgum district as
part of individuals who worked closely with the late Major Santo Okot Lapolo
during the over two decades insurgency of northern Uganda.
Without mentioning names, Lokech castigated the alleged
involvement of some RDCs, DPCs and politicians who were using their positions
to exploit and abate illegal logging of endangered tree species in the Acholi
Sub region without recognizing the diverse impacts of environmental
According to Lockech, it is quite saddening that individuals of such caliber especially the police and RDCs who are holding
influential public offices and are supposed to enforce the laws are the
perpetrators encouraging the vice in the region.
//Cue in: “pe angeyo ka….
Cue out: …..of the problem”//
Lokech’s warning comes at a time when the environmental
police have launched a crackdown on illegal timber in the Acholi Sub Region
where more than thirty people have so far been arrested within the past one
The environmental police commander for Aswa River Region
Joshua Sendaula says the crackdown was meant to fight against the
indiscriminate depletion of the tree species and charcoal burning activities
but efforts are proving uphill due to an organized racket involvement in such
Sendaula attests that the operation has discovered
tendencies of connivance, clearance of movement
permits of consignments of forest products and forcibly releasing illegal
loggers being exhibited by key district and government officials involved in
On Thursday for instance, the officer in charge of operations at
the Kitgum Central Police Station Julius Mpande was apprehended over his
alleged involvement in illegal timber logging activities in the areas of Omuwa,
Paladiya, Aweno Olwiyo and Guriya East villages in Lokung East Sub County, Lamwo
Mpande was arrested after local residents of Lokung Sub
County intercepted a Fuso truck registration number UAV 253M loaded of with a
consignment of over 260 pieces of timber that he was escorting en route to Kampala.