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Security Impounds 18 Charcoal Trucks in Adjumani :: Uganda Radionetwork
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Security Impounds 18 Charcoal Trucks in Adjumani

Adjumani Resident District Commissioner Peter Taban Data told Uganda Radio Network on Wednesday the trucks were impounded during a joint operation conducted by the police, National Forestry Authority (NFA), and Uganda People’s Defence Forces (UPDF), in Itirikwa Sub-county, Adjumani District.
The impounded trucks of charcoal lined up at Police Check Point at the disputed Apaa Boundary.
Security personnel in Adjumani District have impounded 18 trucks loaded with illicit charcoal inside the disputed Apaa area bordering Amuru District.

Adjumani Resident District Commissioner Peter Taban Data told Uganda Radio Network on Wednesday the trucks were impounded during a joint operation conducted by the police, National Forestry Authority (NFA), and Uganda People’s Defence Forces (UPDF), in Itirikwa Sub-county, Adjumani District.

He says 15 of the trucks were fully loaded with charcoal and were being driven out by unknown men to Amuru District. The three others were empty at the time of the operation.

According to Taban, the operation followed an executive order issued by President Yoweri Museveni to rid the region of illegal charcoal dealers that are already depleting the natural tree cover, especially in areas like Zoka Central Forest Reserve. In the Executive Order which was issued on May 19, President Museveni barred the cutting of trees for commercial charcoal production in Northern Uganda.

“We took action on the orders of the President. We have already deployed our men on the ground to remove all those who are illegally camped in Zoka Central Forest Reserve,” Taban says. He says that the drivers abandoned the trucks which are now parked at Apaa Police Station.

Taban says security personnel have since decided to pluck off the vehicle number plates to make it impossible for the drivers who are still on the run to escape with them.

“We have dispatched a team this morning to offload the charcoal from the trucks and establish the exact numbers because they cannot be driven back here without the drivers,” Says Taban.

Adjumani District Police Commander Benon Byamukama told URN in an interview on Tuesday that each of the impounded trucks could be carrying about 200 bags of charcoal bringing to a total of an estimated 10,000 bags of charcoal in all the trucks. Byamukama however declined to divulge details saying he had already been transferred out of Adjumani district.

Patrick Rubangaku, a forest ranger working with Adjumani District Forest Services notes that they have embarked on community sensitization following the executive order issued by the President. He however says the several dialogues they have held are yet to yield tangible results on curbing the illegal trade in forest products.

President Museveni in his executive order issued last month however faulted the corrupt elements in security forces and officials in charge of the Environment and National Forestry Authority (NFA) for allegedly aiding the rising charcoal trade. The President pointed out that some security personnel had even gone to the extent of providing escort services for charcoal dealers.

“The people in charge of the Environment and Forestry allow this destructive business to go on massively. Apparently, armed people escort this charcoal. Where are the armed guards coming from, who is providing them, all the same, the question must be answered.?” The president wondered.

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