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300 Bags of Charcoal Impounded in Agago District :: Uganda Radionetwork
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300 Bags of Charcoal Impounded in Agago District

The intensified operations against charcoal transporters follow a series of meetings by the District Security Committee on the implementation of an executive order stopping the charcoal business that was signed by President Yoweri Museveni in May 2023.
04 Aug 2023 09:13

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The Agago District Security Commitee has intercepted 300 bags of charcoal that were being transported to Kampala and Mbale districts.      

The charcoal was being transported in two trucks with registration numbers UBB 929G, and UBL 760V which have since been stationed at Patongo Police Station.  It has since been established that the trucks were from Adilang and Kuywee Sub-counties which are believed to be the hotspots for mass tree felling for charcoal production.  

The intensified operations against charcoal transporters follow a series of meetings by the District Security Committee on the implementation of an executive order stopping the charcoal business that was signed by President Yoweri Museveni in May 2023.

Susan Akot, the deputy Resident District Commissioner of Agago says the security committee realized that cutting of trees and transportation of charcoal is now being done at night, ad they have now devised new strategies to arrest the suspects. She cited the areas of Adilang, Kuywee, Lukole, and Lirakato as some of those where the charcoal business is thriving under the cover of darkness. 

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Agago District Vice Chairperson Samuel Kitang cautioned the drivers against being led into the crime of transporting charcoal because of the attractive payments. According to Kitang, transporting a bag of charcoal from Agago to Lira which is a distance of 109 kilometres, costs 10,000 Shillings but the fines are multifold once one is intercepted. 

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Agago District Forest Officer John Okidi says that the department is now working closely with the security teams to enforce the presidential directive on curbing mass tree cutting and charcoal production.   

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Okidi notes that the community is still disobeying the executive order of the President, which explains why trucks full of charcoal are still moving in the sub-region.  He, however, says the forestry department continues sensitizing the community about the executive order, and the dangers of indiscriminate tree cutting.   

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In June 2023, police in the district also impounded 600 bags of charcoal from the same sub-county, as they were being transported to Kampala.          

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