The over 600 pieces of timber are suspected to have been harvested in Nyairongo area in Kikuube district where the land boundaries between the National Forestry Authority, Bunyoro Kitara Kingdom and the community are in contest.
Forestry Authority (NFA) has impounded timber worth about 12 million Shillings which was illegally
harvested from Bugoma Central Forest Reserve.
The over 600
pieces of timber are suspected to have been harvested in Nyairongo area in Kikuube district where
the land boundaries between the National Forestry Authority, Bunyoro Kitara Kingdom and the community are
the Kisindi Sector Manager of the National Forestry Authority told Uganda Radio
Network on Sunday that a Fuso truck registration number UAN 274U that was ferrying the timber was
intercepted between Bujaawe Forest Reserve and Kipapati trading centre after a tip-off by one of their vigilantes
Upon interrogation, the truck driver revealed that the resource was destined for
Ndeeba, a popular hub for timber trade in the outskirts of Kampala. The impounded
timber has now been taken to Hoima Central police station pending investigations.
By Sunday morning, nobody had come out to claim the
timber according to Obonyo. He, however,
says that the owner of the car that was carrying the timber will be subjected to a
fine for allegedly allowing his vehicle to carry illegal timber.
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Rukundo, the Director for Natural Forests Management at NFA has urged police
to support NFA staff on the ground to investigate the actual source of
the timber and the people behind this illegal tree felling in the central
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The National Forestry and Tree Planting Act banned the cutting, damaging, burning and destruction of forest produce, except under regulations or
guidelines made for the proper management of the forest reserve. Any person who contravenes this section is
liable to a fine not exceeding one million Shillings or to
imprisonment for a term not exceeding five years, or both punishments upon conviction.