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Over Hundred Bags of Charcoal Impounded in Kitagwenda

The Deputy RDC Sam Evidence Orikunda, says that the charcoal was impounded in the ongoing joint crackdown by the Natural Resources Office and the local leaders in the wake of environmental degradation concerns.
The operation led by deputy RDC Sam Evidence Orikunda also discovered massive destruction of Kagoma Wetland

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The Office of the Resident District Commissioner together with the Natural Resource Officer Kitagwenda District have impounded over 100 bags of charcoal in an ongoing crackdown on the illegal charcoal trade in the district. 

The operation was carried out in Kagoma cell, in Kitagwenda town council. 

The authorities are also hunting for persons who have cleared Kagoma wetland reportedly with an intention of carrying out cultivation. 

The Deputy RDC Sam Evidence Orikunda, says that the charcoal was impounded in the ongoing joint crackdown by the Natural Resources Office and the local leaders in the wake of environmental degradation concerns.

He says massive encroachment shot up during the lockdown imposed to contain the spread of coronavirus disease in the country as people try to look for alternative sources of income.  

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Orikunda says that they have taken the charcoal bags to police and they will be auctioned according to the law as they continue pursuing for the culprits. 

He adds that they are starting sensitization campaigns on environment conservation in the district after recording changing weather patterns that has affected agriculture production. 

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The district Natural ResourcesOfficer Catherine Kirungi said the wetland destruction is alarming.  

She says they acted on tip-off from community members that have been witnessing trucks emerging out of the bush in the evening and night hours. 

Osborn Mushabe who is neighbouring the wetland says there has been massive encroachment on the natural resources in the area through cultivation, development of homesteads as well as degradation through charcoal burning. 

He blames leaders who often gave a deaf ear to their plea for interventions.

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