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Kitgum District Auctions 115 Impounded Bags of Charcoal

The District Information Officer Allan Courage Oola says the move is aimed at curbing illegal commercial charcoal burning and trade in the district.
Buyers load some of the impounded bags of charcoal that were publicly auctioned today at Kitgum District headquarters. Photo By Julius Ocungi

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Kitgum District Local Government has today auctioned 115 bags of charcoal to the public.

The charcoals were impounded near Orom Tikao prison Farm in Orom Sub-county two weeks ago from illegal charcoal dealers.

The District Information Officer Allan Courage Oola says the move is aimed at curbing illegal commercial charcoal burning and trade in the district.

He says charcoal burning has had negative impact on the environment citing several trees are being cleared for production of charcoal.

Recently the district passed a resolution to safeguard the environment from indiscriminate cutting of trees for charcoal and timber.

Oola says that they intend to put to an end to illegal charcoal trade that poses dangers to the environment.

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He says the charcoals were sold at a cost of 20,000 shillings each and notes that they expect to earn 2.3 million shillings which will boost the district’s revenue.

Oola says anyone found transporting more than 20 bags of charcoal on vehicles or any transport means will be arrested adding that they are only advocating for small scale charcoal production for household consumption.

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This is the second time this financial year the district authorities are auctioning impounded charcoal from illegal dealers.

Last year, the district raised about 4 million shillings from public auction of impounded charcoal.

In a bid to fight environmental degradation, the district has partnered by Lutheran World Federation [LWF]. 

Charcoal trade and cutting of tree for timber in Northern Uganda has seen significant loss of forest covers and endangered tree species such as Afzelia Africana and Shea Nut over the past years with environmentalists warning the impacts may be worst if not curbed.