The Environmental Police Unit has impounded 80 bags of charcoal being traded illegally in Kitgum district.
The charcoal was impounded on Monday in an operation led Simon Peter Okoshi, the deputy commander of Uganda Environmental Police Unit.
Jackson Baryampika, the Kitgum District Police Commander, says they also picked up three unlicensed charcoal dealers during the operation..
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Baryampika says the bags have been handed over to Kitgum district environment office for disposal. He says revenue from the sale will be handed over to the local government.
A bag of charcoal in Kitgum costs Shillings 30,000. High local and external demand for charcoal in Kampala and other districts have fanned indiscriminate felling of trees at the expense of the environment.