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Madi Okollo Authorities Impound Truck Ferrying Illegal Charcoal :: Uganda Radionetwork
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Madi Okollo Authorities Impound Truck Ferrying Illegal Charcoal

Pawor sub-county speaker Hillario Cwinyaai told Uganda Radio Network that they were alerted by the area residents about a truck that was being loaded with charcoal despite a ban on charcoal production that was announced as a measure to protect the environment.

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Authorities in Pawor sub-county, Madi Okollo district have impounded a truck loaded with an estimated 400 bags of illegal charcoal.

The truck was impounded from the Parabok Landing Site in Pawor sub-county while loading the bags believed to have been ferried across the River Nile from the Amuru district.

Pawor sub-county speaker Hillario Cwinyaai told Uganda Radio Network that they were alerted by the area residents about a truck that was being loaded with charcoal despite a ban on charcoal production that was announced as a measure to protect the environment.

He explains that the charcoal bags are normally ferried using hired boats from Amuru district band loaded into trucks to be transported to Kampala.  

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Pawor Sub County Chairperson Robert Onen says that they have handed the matter to the office of the Resident District Commissioner and the Police for further action, while the impounded vehicle has been towed to Madi Okollo Central Police Station.

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Morish Niyonzima, the Madi Okollo Police Commander says that the owner of the charcoal and the truck driver whose identities have not been revealed. will be charged with trading illegal products.

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On May 24, President Yoweri Museveni issued an executive order banning tree cutting for commercial charcoal production. The ban covers areas of Karamoja, Teso, Lango, Acholi and the West Nile.

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