Two parish chiefs in Amuru district are in police custody for issuing fake movement receipts to illegal charcoal dealers.
The suspects are David Aliker of Okungedi parish and Charles Ochola of Acwera all in Amuru Sub County.
They were picked by police on Friday on orders of the Amuru district chairperson, Michael Lakony.
Lakony says they discovered that the two had for long been mounting illegal road blocks at night and issuing forged receipts to people ferrying illegal tree products in their vehicles prompting the arrest.
They charge between 150,000 and 600,000 shillings per truck loaded with the illegal products.
Lakony revealed that the two are most likely to face interdiction if found guilty of the allegations.
Emmanuel Bwambale, the Amuru District Police Commander confirmed that the suspects are being held at Amuru police station being investigated for forgery and mounting illegal road blocks.
‘’yes the two are in our custody and I am on ground doing investigations over the allegations but we may release them on bond as investigation continues.’’ Bwambale said on phone on Monday.
Lakony alleges that several parish chiefs and local chairpersons in the district are mounting illegal road blocks to extort money from the illegal dealers.
Other hot spot areas he named are Otici in Lamogi, Obera Abic and Olinga all in Pabbo Sub County.
Last year, Richard Abola P`Lacaka the Pabbo Town Council Councilor LCV was arrested by police in Akurukwee outpost for grabbing receipts from charcoal dealers from his sub county.
He was later charged with theft of government documents before his release on bond.
Amuru district in 2016 banned all commercial trading in tree products due to extensive destruction of trees.
By Adwarping News.