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According to Komakech, their vehicles which include, the crane mounted truck registration numbers UAF 422B and another trailer registration number UBB 826X / UAL 210X have since been impounded while three other suspects, whom he declined to name are now held in police custody.
illegal loggers on Tuesday night broke into the Kitgum district
works department parking yard and attempted to steal impounded logs.
It’s reported that the loggers came at around midnight into the district yard where a consignment of impounded timber was kept
and loaded five pieces of Africanna Afzellia logs onto a crane
mounted truck. But, they were intercepted before driving out of the yard, by a team of police that was tipped about the plot, through the area Resident District
Commissioner William Komakech.
According to Komakech, their vehicles which include, the crane mounted truck registration numbers UAF 422B and another trailer
registration number UBB 826X / UAL 210X have since been impounded while three
other suspects, whom he declined to name are now held in police custody.
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Solomon Ochola Olii, a
transporter revealed that he was contacted by a business partner identified as
Jackson Komakech who purports to be the owner of the logs and he was loading
them on his trailer destined for Kampala.
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The Kitgum district forest officer
Martin Anywar says the five pieces of logs were part of over 15 other logs that
were impounded by the district in an enforcement of a council resolution and
cabinet directive that banned dealing in the endangered tree species in
In 2019, cabinet, through the Ministry of Water and Environment
banned the cutting, transportation and sale of the endangered Africanna
Afzellia locally referred to as beyo, the shea nut tree species at their
products in the region.
Anywar says the impounded logs in
question had been earmarked for disposal and the district was in process of
securing a court order to dispose of the timber as a deterrent to perpetrators
encouraging the vice.
The Kitgum District Police Commander
Keith Tommy Eyaku says a case of criminal trespass has been registered by the
district forest department and once investigations are concluded the file will
be sanctioned to the courts of law.