The charcoal bags were impounded from Amuru and Gulu districts during an operation against illegal charcoal dealers in Acholi Sub Region manned by NFA and the Environmental Police Protection Unit.
Piles of charcoal bags stacked for loading into a waiting vehicle
Court has finally cleared the National Forestry Authority (NFA) to
auction 492 bags of charcoal that were impounded during a crackdown on illegal
The charcoal bags were impounded from Amuru and Gulu districts during an
operation against illegal charcoal dealers in Acholi Sub Region manned by NFA
and the Environmental Police Protection Unit.
They were expected to be auctioned last week but the exercise was blocked
because NFA had not secured authorization from the court under the Public
Procurement and Disposal Act.
NFA later applied to the Grade Magistrates Court seeking an order to auction
the 492 bags of charcoal that were impounded during the operations.
NFA argues that the charcoal dealers defied the National Forestry and Trees
Planting Act of 2003 and National Forestry and Trees Planting Regulations of
However, in its ruling on the 9th April 2021, the Chief`s Magistrate Court
through the Gulu Grade One Magistrate`s worship Vian Kwizera allowed the
application and consequently allowed NFA to dispose of all the 492 bags of
charcoal impounded during its operation and its proceeds be deposited in the
Haruna Busubozi, the NFA Sector Manager for Gulu confirmed the matter to URN on
He said that the management will sit this week to streamline a few things
before they auction.
Busubozi explained that the fund generated from the auctioning of the charcoal
slated for this week.
Each bag is expected to be sold at 20,000-23,000 Shillings.
Similarly, the Environmental Police Protection Unit and NFA also impounded 800
bags of charcoal from Lamwo district in a similar operation. This brings the
total number of impounded bags of charcoal to 1,292 in the last two weeks.
Xavier Sekanabu, the Environmental Police Protection Unit who is commanding the
operation says that more than 100 people have been arrested in connection to
illegal charcoal dealings in the Northern Region.
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Human rights abuses and denied access to land by security and government agencies has been the major aftermath of the contest over the lands. The underprivileged such as women, children and the elderly faced challenges in accessing soc