MOROTO – State Minister for Karamoja Affairs Mr. Moses Kizige has directed the districts’ environment officers and forestry officers in to work with police to ensure that people who are dealing in commercial charcoal business in the region are arrested and charged in the courts of law.
The minister issued the warning on Wednesday, April 29 while receiving three vehicles from GIZ.
Mr. Kizige noted that Karamoja region especially Napak and Nabilatuk districts were losing a lot trees daily for commercial charcoal burning saying it’s dangerous to already affected region.
“Am seeing very many lories carrying charcoal from Karamoja to Kampala and Kenya. This must stop. We should save thess few trees and we plant more than finishing them out,” he said.
He also cautioned the district officials who received the vehicles to use them for the intended purpose saying whoever abuses the car will be dealt with.
The districts that received the vehicles include Abim, Nabilatuke and Amudat.
Mr. Emmy Lomongin Babu who represented GIZ said the purpose of the vehicles is to help the district sensitize the communities in their respective districts for production.
Mr. Francis Okori, the commissioner of Karamoja development hailed GIZ for their commitment in supplementing government efforts to develop Karamoja.