The National Forestry Authority (NFA) is set to auction 1,430 pieces of timber impounded from illegal loggers in Bugoma Central Forest Reserve. The timber was impounded in December 2016 from a holding place in Kyangwali Sub County.
Francis Madrama, a sector manager in the reserve says that NFA has secured a court order allowing the government agency to auction the timber which has since remained under police custody.
Madrama adds that proceeds from the auction will be kept in court for three months and will later be transferred to the NFA accounts in the event that no one claims ownership of the timber in question.
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Bugoma Central Forest Reserve, in Hoima district has been subject to encroachment, illegal timber logging and agriculture for crop production. Madrama warns that if the trend spells doom for the region if not reversed in the wake of global warming.
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In a related development, NFA together with the environment police have impounded a trailer number UAN 362X loaded with tonnes of timber that was being driven from an illegal dealers holding store at Kasingo village near the Hoima district headquarters.
Madrama says NFA was alerted by whistle blowers that timber was being loaded onto a trailer that was parked in an isolated place on March 3. A driver identified as Dalausi Damulira, was immediately charged in the Hoima Magistrates Court and fined 10 million Shillings after pleading guilty to the charges of illegal transportation of timber.
The trailer is parked at the Hoima Central Police Station park yard.
NFA has now approved a reward of five percent of every forest product recovered from illegal dealers to any informer who tips its officials. NFA Executive Director Michael Mugisa says that the reward may be a fraction of the money earned from timber auction.