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Kotido District Council Moves to Curb Tree Cutting

Ambrose Lotuke, the district chairperson Kotido says charcoal burning was embraced by communities especially in new settlements as a source of livelihood. He observes that much as several people have been apprehended by police, the existing laws are weak in punishing charcoal dealers.

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Kotido district local government is set to pas by-laws that control environmental degradation following vast charcoal burning activities practised by the local communities. 

The three ordinances include The Kotido District Tree Protection and Range Land Management , Kotido District Environmental Conservation and Charcoal Production Control and Kotido District Open Air and Bush Burning bills. 

Dr . George Oming,  the district natural resources officer, says the drafts of the ordinances have been submitted to the chief administrative officer for more technical input before they are presented to council in the next sitting. Dr. Oming says charcoal burning business picked up in Kotido in 2013 and has destroyed thousands of trees. He notes that some trees locally used for medicine are facing extinction as the community is involved in indiscriminate cutting and burning. 

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Ambrose Lotuke, the district chairperson Kotido says charcoal burning was embraced by communities especially in new settlements as a source of livelihood. He observes that much as several people have been apprehended by police, the existing laws are weak in punishing charcoal dealers. 

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Peter Lomongin, a resident of Lopuyo in Rengen sub county says charcoal burning is the only source of income for his family survival and education of his children. Another charcoal dealer only identified as Angura, from Panyanngara sub county, notes that he is able to survive the hunger in Karamoja through charcoal business.  Angura says he only cuts mature trees for charcoal. 

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