Nwoya District Chairperson Patrick Okello Oryema told URN that each charcoal bag was sold between 10,000 and 15,000 Shillings depending on its size. He says that the district raised up to four million Shillings from the sale, which was held at Nwoya district headquarters on Thursday.
More than 300 bags of
impounded charcoal have been auctioned in Nwoya district. The auctioned charcoal was impounded from various places
within the district about two weeks ago.
Nwoya District Chairperson Patrick Okello Oryema told URN that each charcoal bag was sold between
10,000 and 15,000 Shillings depending on its size. He says that the district raised up to four million Shillings from the sale, which was held at Nwoya district
headquarters on Thursday.
Earlier, the district collected ten million Shillings from fines levied from the five lorry
trucks that were impounded with charcoal. The trucks were from Adjumani and Amuru districts
traversing Nwoya district to their various destinations. Each was charged two
million Shillings for disregarding a bylaw against the sale of charcoal.
Oryema said that the money was paid in the
collection account and will be planned for use as part of the locally raised
in…‘’drivers we made…
out: … we auction it.’’//
Nwoya district last year passed a resolution banning
commercial trading in charcoals and logs.
Arthur Owor, a researcher with the African Centre for
Studies and a member of environmental pressure group; Our Trees We Need Answer, says that the dealers are uncontrollably depleting the forest cover in Northern Uganda including
the endangered species of the shea and Afzelia Africana trees.
Emmy Daniel Ojara is a young journalist and has been practicing since 2013, during which he covered land rights violation in the contested Apaa and Lakang in Amuru as his first take ups while at Gulu Fm, Favor Fm and later Paidha Fm and Speak Fm where he is still attached.
Human rights abuses and denied access to land by security and government agencies has been the major aftermath of the contest over the lands. The underprivileged such as women, children and the elderly faced challenges in accessing soc