Kyenjojo: 6 Jailed For Depleting Itwara Forest

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The others are 26 year-old Innocent Masiko of Kasensero Bushenyi district, Robert Mugisa 30, resident of Kahangi parish in Hakibaale sub county Kabarole district, Samuel Alinaitwe 24, from Kigezi and Isaiah Balinda of Kyenjojo district.

They appeared before the Fort Portal Grade I Magistrate presided over by Sam Emokaro on Friday afternoon.

Prosecution told court that the accused were 10 in number but the four including their boss only identified as Congo of Democratic Republic of Congo and a woman, one Businge commonly known as Mukadde hailing from Rwera, Bugaki Sub County, Kyenjojo district escaped the arrest.

According to prosecution, the six were on Tuesday morning May 15, 2014 at around 5:00am arrested red-handed practicing illegal lumbering in Itwara Central forest.


They were picked during the night operation that was conducted by Mr. Amoni Rutenta, the Surveillance and Intelligence supervisor and Mr. Michael Kasule, in charge of Itwara Central Forest reserve.

The presiding magistrate sentenced Innocent Masiko sent Isaiah Balinda to six months in jail for being a habitual lumberer, Robert Mugisa and Samuel Alinaitwe to two months while Bwambale Julius and Doviko Bwambale were bailed out after they denied the charges.

They two are under inquiries and are expected to appear in court on again on June 20, 2014.

Amoni Rutenta and Michael Kasule vowed to continue with the operation to ensure the practice is controlled because it has contributed to environment degradation and depletion of the forests.

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