Hundred Arrested in Amuru on Crackdown on Illegal Charcoal Trading.

Authorities in Amuru district on Wednesday arrested one hundred and ten people during an operation to crackdown illegal charcoal business.
The suspects were picked up from Okidi Trading Centre, Corner Adee and Amanya parish all in Okidi Village Attiak Sub County. Thousands of charcoal bags and several houses sheltering the charcoal dealers were also burnt down.
The operation was done jointly by the security and Amuru district leaders. It was headed by the Amuru district chairperson Michael Lakony, the Resident District Commissioner Linda Agnes Auma, Officer in Charge of Criminal Investigation at Otwee Central Police Station Felix Tumwesigye and Attiak Sub County chairperson Wilfred Baguma Odiya among others.
RDC Linda Auma said the suspects are being detained at Otwee Central Police station pending investigation.
Amuru district OCCID Felix Tumwesigye said the suspects will face charges of illegal trading in tree products and defying lawful orders.
Michael Lakony said the operation is to stop the continuous forest destruction in the district although it has been stopped by the district council.
Lakony says auctioning the charcoal by the district is just like recycling the business since most of its buyers are from within the dealers.
By Emmy Daniel Ojara.Amuru.

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