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Illegal Charcoal Dealers Arrested in Nwoya

They were arrested by the Environmental Protection Police Unit and National Environment Management Authority-NEMA officials during an operation conducted in Palaro Sub County in Gulu and Arana village in Lungulu Sub County in Nwoya.
Asistant Commissioner of Police Okosho Simon Peter during an interview in Gulu on Monday

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Fifty people have been arrested during a crackdown on illegal charcoal and log dealers in Gulu and Nwoya districts.

They were arrested by the Environmental Protection Police Unit and National Environment Management Authority-NEMA officials during an operation conducted in Palaro Sub County in Gulu and Arana village in Lungulu Sub County in Nwoya.

 Over 600 bags of charcoal and four trucks loaded with charcoal and logs were also impounded in the operation that lasted for three days.

The operation that was launched in Nwoya district last week was led by Assistant Commissioner of Police, Peter Simon Okoshi who is also the Deputy Commandant Environmental Protection Police Unit.

Okoshi says 12 suspects were picked up from Gulu while 38 were arrested from Nwoya while felling trees.

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Okoshi warns of devastating climate change if cutting of trees is not regulated.

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Gulu District Forest Officer, James Ocakacon says as a deterring method they have been charging 10,000 and 20,000 shillings for cutting down trees but there hasn’t been any impact.   

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Ocaka revealed that a recent biomass conducted in the district indicated that over 50% of forest cover has been depleted. The worst sub-counties are Palaro, Awach and Paibona.

He added that they will sensitize the community on dangers of indiscriminate tree cutting.  

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