Residents in the area recently donated more than 1,500 acres of their idle land to implement the idea which had earlier been suggested by Local Government Minister Raphael Magezi last year to fight hunger.
Mahmud Dhoka one of the protesters says that the road had turned into a death trap for the locals due to its appalling state. He says they have so far lost three people and several others got injured due to the bad state of the road.
Local authorities say that most of the NGOs are not following the unique weather pattern with most of them supplying their tree seedlings either too early or later and most times during the dry season.
Gloria Ondora, a mother admitted to the Maternity Ward in Adjumani Hospital revealed that the patients sleeping on the floor due to inadequate beds contract infections because the floor is not cleaned regularly.
Anthony Akol, the Kilak North Member of Parliament in Amuru district where the area is located, told URN on Friday that seven pregnant mothers and their unborn babies have lost their lives since last year due to inaccessibility of health services in the area.
The fourth division army spokesperson, Lt. Kato Ahmad Hassan says that suspects were arrested from Aliwara Village in Itirikwa Sub County Adjumani district as they tried to chase people from their land in Zoka Village in Zoka Parish, Itirikwa Sb County.
Jesus Iringa, the Itirikwa Sub County Chairperson says that they have tried to drive the encroachers and illegal dealers away from the forest but they are resistant and seem to be having backup of top government officials.
They are using power saws to indiscriminately and have extensively cut trees down from the stems regardless of their sizes or being among the endangered species which include Shea nuts, Afzelia Africana, Mvule and mahogany.
Anthony Ocaya, the Apaa Township LC II Chairperson told URN that a scuffle ensued after security rejected the demands by traders prompting residents to pelt them with stones claiming that they were segregating between the Acholis and Madi.
The suspects were picked up in an operation led by Xavier Sekanabo, the Commander of the Environmental Police Protection Unit on Saturday evening. The officers braved the rain and stormed the camp in Apaa Junction in Adjumani leading to the arrest of the suspects.
Moses Onencan, a boda boda cyclist who traverses the road on a daily basis told URN that apart from health hazards, the dust has equally caused several minor and serious road accidents among the road users.
Early this month River Tete burst its banks and displaced residents in the two parishes of Arasi and Elegu, Arinyapi sub-county in Adjumani district. The floods destroyed food crops that were ready for harvest, carried away heads of cattle and submerged several grass-thatched houses.