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Isingiro Bans Charcoal Burning

Jeremiah Kamurali, the Isingiro LC V chairperson, says the ban takes immediate effect. According to Kamurali, they decided to ban charcoal banning when their attempts to regulate indiscriminate tree cutting in the district failed to yield results
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Isingiro district has banned charcoal burning citing the depletion of the tree cover in most sub counties there.  The district executive passed the resolution to ban charcoal burning early this month.

Jeremiah Kamurali, the Isingiro LC V chairperson, says the ban takes immediate effect. According to Kamurali, they decided to ban charcoal banning when their attempts to regulate indiscriminate tree cutting in the district failed to yield results.

 

 

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Kamurali says the district leadership has already engaged Police and Local Councils official at all levels to ensure the ban is enforced.  He says the ban all affects the more than 200 licensed charcoal dealers in the district.

 

 

Kamurali says those found burning a bag of charcoal a  will be fined Shillings 50,000 while those found burning more than a sack will pay an on spot fine of Shillings 200,000 of face imprisonment for one year or both.

 

The decision has however not gone down well with charcoal dealers. Jovia Kyokusiima, a resident of Isingiro town council, says the ban will leave her unemployed, adding that the move may have been planned to get rid of the poor, since they are the ones who mainly survive on charcoal burning.

 

  

Anania Musinguzi, another charcoal dealer dismisses the ban as a joke. Musinguzi says they will defy the ban because people need charcoal for use in their homes.

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