Lamwo Resident District Commissioner James Nabinson Kidega says that more than a thousand bags of charcoal, unburnt charcoal kilns and numerous makeshift camps were uncovered in the areas of Awenolwiyo East, Awenolwiyo and Bur lobo village in Lokung East Sub County.
1,000 bags of charcoal were destroyed on Thursday and six suspects arrested in
crackdown against illegal loggers that was intensified in Got Kwa parish, Lokung East Sub County in Lamwo
The operation follows
concerns raised by the local population over the
indiscriminate cutting of trees and large scale charcoal production which was going on unabetted in the area. Lamwo Resident District Commissioner James Nabinson Kidega says that more than a thousand bags of charcoal, unburnt charcoal kilns and numerous makeshift camps were
uncovered in the areas of Awenolwiyo East,
Awenolwiyo and Bur Lobo village in Lokung East Sub County.
says that although close to seven camps were destroyed, many of the culprits who are
reported to have pitched camp in the bushes eluded arrest. However,
six were apprehended and are currently being held in police custody.
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suspects have been identified as Saphina Nalule purported to be the
businesswoman involved in the illegal trade, Jimmy Semakula and Tom Mukasa both
casual labourers, and Ben Churchill Ochola, a police officer attached to
Awenolwiyo police outpost. Ochola is accused of procuring the illegal activity having been
a witness to an agreement between Nalule and clan leaders of Pakalabule who hired out the land for tree cutting.
to Nalule, she reached an agreement with the clan members
at 4,000,000 Shillings to cut trees for charcoal production over a period of one year.
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arrested are Achom Mary Mercy and Francis Ongiryan both immigration officials
attached to Ngomoromo border post in Lamwo district for their involvement in illegal
charcoal trade in the villages of Bur Lobo.
The authorities impounded a government motorcycle registration number UG 0319G belonging to the immigration
department that was found in the wilderness, a consignment of fresh marijuana leaves
and an engine power saw.
condemned a section of government officials and security personnel for their alleged
involvement in the vice saying that instead of fighting it, they are encouraging the
illegal production of charcoal that has been banned in the district. The LCI Chairperson Benjamin Kidega Abwoch and the Parish
Internal Security Officer for Gotkwar are both wanted for granting permission
and providing security for the illegal charcoal dealers.
Lamwo District Police Commander Robert Kachumu condemned the involvement of the police
officer but says the suspect will be dealt with administratively since he acted not within the police institution.
says a case file and a charge of illegal cutting of
trees without a valid licence has been preferred against the suspects who upon
conclusion of investigations will be produced before the courts of law.