Our reporter saw many other charcoal camps scattered across the area. The illegal dealers told URN on Wednesday that they are from Eastern and Central Uganda and are buying each tree from the residents at Shillings 8,000 to burn for charcoal.
Illegal charcoal burning is thriving in the
contested Apaa Township in Adjumani district. Residents
say more than five truckloads of charcoal have been leaving the area each day
for the last one week.
illegal charcoal dealers who have pitched camp inside
Zoka forest and parts of East Madi Game Reserve have cut huge traditional trees and the endangered Afzelia Africana,
Mahognay and Shea trees.
On Wednesday URN visited the area and found
hundreds of charcoal bags packed at the Junction in Apaa while several others
were loaded in trucks from an area, just about one kilometer from security
reporter saw many other charcoal camps scattered
across the area. The illegal dealers told URN on Wednesday that they are from Eastern
and Central Uganda and are buying each tree from the residents at Shillings 8,000
to burn for charcoal.
Adjumani LC V Chairperson, James Leku said charcoal burning is
illegal in the district but the area is in East Madi Game Reserve. Gilbert
Olanya, the Kilak South Member of Parliament also expressed discontent but says
their hands are tied since government curved the area out of Amuru in 2017.
Emmy Daniel Ojara is a young journalist and has been practicing since 2013, during which he covered land rights violation in the contested Apaa and Lakang in Amuru as his first take ups while at Gulu Fm, Favor Fm and later Paidha Fm and Speak Fm where he is still attached.
Human rights abuses and denied access to land by security and government agencies has been the major aftermath of the contest over the lands. The underprivileged such as women, children and the elderly faced challenges in accessing soc