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Two Arrested For Destroying Shea Nut Trees in Madi Okollo :: Uganda Radionetwork
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Two Arrested For Destroying Shea Nut Trees in Madi Okollo

Preliminary reports indicate that the duo allegedly gave permission to a yet to be identified charcoal dealer to cut down an acre of shear nut plantation located in Ocebu parish after reportedly soliciting for a bribe of 80,000 from the charcoal dealer.
Cutting of Shea nut trees for charcoal burning is common in Madi Okollo district (Courtesy photo)

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Police in Offaka sub-county, Madi Okollo District have arrested two people for allegedly causing massive destruction of shea-nut trees. 

Those arrested are Geoffrey Andama, the male councilor representing Ocebu parish to Offaka sub-county Council, and Zachary Bazil, the LCII Chairperson of Ocebu parish.

They were arrested on Wednesday during the sub-county council sitting after they were implicated in a report presented by Stephen Arima, the Secretary for the Production Offaka sub-county.

Preliminary reports indicate that the duo allegedly permitted a yet-to-be-identified charcoal dealer to cut down an acre of shea nut plantation located in Ocebu parish after reportedly soliciting a bribe of 80,000 Shillings from the charcoal dealer.

Stephen Arima, the Offaka sub-county secretary for production explains that some concerned members of the affected community reported the matter to the sub-county authorities. 

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Alex Abiyo, the officer in charge of Offaka police post confirmed the arrest of the suspects noting that they are being held for further management.

“It’s true in our custody we have the councilor of Ocebu parish and the LC II chairperson who was arrested during the council”, Abiyo said.

Two years ago, the Offaka sub-County Council passed a resolution that banned the cutting of the shear nut in a bid to protect the tree species. The council in the resolution prescribed a fine of 600,000 Shillings for anyone who was found cutting shear nut tree plants.

In May 2023, President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni issued Executive Order No.3 which among others banned trade in indigenous tree species, especially the endangered shea nut trees in Northern Uganda.

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