Omoro Resident District Commissioner Ms Akany says she manage to arrest these four culprits on a tip-off from concerned residents who alerted her about the ongoing destruction of the Shea trees in Idure Village.
officials in Omoro district led by Resident District Commissioner Ms Susan
Akany have arrested LC 111 Chairperson of Lakwaya Sub-county and three others
for allegedly felling Shea trees in Idure village on Tuesday 17 July.
other three arrested are Michael Labongo, Charles Oloya and Kenneth Ojok all
residents of Idure Village Omoro district.
four were by press time were being held by Omoro district police station at
Lalogi pending investigation while one suspect is said to be at large.
district acting DPC Assistant Superintendent of Police -ASP Levi Tumuhangirwe confirmed
that the four were handed over to police at Lalogi police station.
case has been registered at Lalogi police station under CRB319/2021 and all
were charged with illegal dealing in forest products.” Tumuhangirwe said.
Omoro Resident District Commissioner Ms Akany says she manage to arrest these four
culprits on a tip-off from concerned residents who alerted her about the ongoing
destruction of the Shea trees in Idure Village.
we counted only 12 Shea trees cut down, already these people had sold some of
the charcoal they had burnt out of shear trees," Ms Akany told urn on Wednesday. "However we intervened early
enough and arrested the four while one is at large."
said the culprits were using modern power saw machines and could cut down many
trees in a day and start pilling for burning, adding that if they had delayed to make the arrests, the land
would remain been bare in less than a week.
Akany added that the culprits have used the
time of the lockdown to take advantage to cut large amount of trees for charcoal burning.
people have taken the advantage that we are busy enforcing the lockdown to cut the Shea trees yet they know the advantage of these trees very well,” she said, warned the community against destroying the environment and advised people to plant
more trees to mitigate the climate change.
wonder why an Acholi can cut down Shea trees yet they know the value of it as
natural source of Shear butter and oil," she said. "I urge people to plant more trees this
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says more people are going to be arrested because other sub-counties experience
similar environmental destruction and the perpetrators do it intentionally. "
knows very well the dangers of trees destruction on the climate but they
continue destroying more every day," she says.
The Omoro district Chairperson Peter Douglas Okao appealed to the traditional
institution of Acholi to come out with strong position to save the environment.
Okao said the four who have been arrested they are going to face
the law for the act of destroying the environment.
says it has come to attention of the district that people are destroying not
only trees but also rocks, hills, swamps and water catchment points like Tochi.
Okao observes that in Uganda, degradation is attributed
to weak enforcement of the applicable environmental laws and fairly low levels of awareness among
policy makers and rural communities.
Gulu district chairman Christopher Opiyo Atekere says they have mounted strict checks all over the side routes that the charcoal dealers use to transport the illegal booty to central parts of the country.
Currently massive illegal felling is going on in Agago, Adjumani, Amuru, Lamwo and Pader districts.