More than 30 residents armed with machetes, spears and axes stormed charcoal production camps in the area where dozens of people from Lackeotto village headed by the area LCI Chairperson Ramadan Odong were engaged in Charcoal production.
Residents in the villages of Rugu-Rugu, Lela, Kadera and Obulu Ayita in Agago
district have clashed with their neighbours of Lacekotto villages for
allegedly abating illegal charcoal trade in the area.
More than 30 residents armed with machetes, spears and axes stormed charcoal production camps in the area where dozens of people from Lackeotto village headed by the area LCI Chairperson Ramadan Odong
were engaged in Charcoal production.
Adilang Sub-County Chairperson Mohammed Okwir says that the residents stormed the camp in the enforcement of a recent district council resolution that banned commercial production and
transportation of charcoal in the Agago district. In the aftermath, numerous makeshift huts and structures in the camps were torched
down and several heaps of unburned charcoal kilns destroyed by the villagers. Two people were
injured in the process.
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the residents who preferred anonymity says that they were instigated to act against
the illegal dealers because they were concerned over the numerous trucks that
were leaving the area loaded with charcoal at night, despite the ban
on commercial charcoal trade in the district.
residents also accused the Lacekotto village LCI Chairperson of siding with
illegal charcoal dealers who are reportedly paying him 50,000 Shillings for every truck full of charcoal yet revenue payment at the district and the sub
the county was scrapped in a bid to render the trade illegal.
Agago Resident District Commissioner Andrew Onyuk condemned the act and warned persons involved in the practice that they risk arrest and prosecution if they persist. Onyuk says the district security committee will intensify operations in all areas presumed to be breeding
the illegal charcoal traders such that they are forcefully ejected from the
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Aswa River Region Police
Spokesperson Jimmy Patrick Okema says no arrest has been made in connection
to the incident but that the police have registered a
case in the matter and started an investigation.
Okema however condemned the act
of razing down the makeshift structures in the camp and urged the community
members to desist from taking the law in their arms.