The suspects are Isa Kabalye, Fredrick Mashate all residents of Kampala, Robin Ongu, Jimmy Awio, and Felix Amuku, all residents of Olilim Sub County in Otuke district.
They were arrested during the joint operation conducted by the are leaders in conjunction with local residents against those cutting shear Nut trees for charcoal burning.
Otuke district in Northern Uganda has experienced a dry spell since October 2018 until late March 2019 when the region received intermittent rainfall. The pattern affected planting seasons in 2018 and the beginning of 2019, leading to severe food shortages.
Last week, elders from Karamoja pleaded with their counterparts in Lango to allow the herdsmen to stay in the area in vain. Ambrose Lotuke, the Kotido District LC V chairman argued that the prolonged drought has taken a huge toll on their lives and livestock.
Abak, who has spearheaded environmental protection in the districts of Otuke, Abim, Agago, Alebtong, Pader and Nwoya since 2012, said that the sector receives only 1 percent of the districts total budget, making it the least facilitated sector by government.