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Imaramagambo Plunder: Police Impound Truckload of Timber

Police in Rukungiri have impounded about 400 pieces of timber which is believed to have been part of the timber plundered from the Karinju sector of Imaramagambo Forest.

Moses Nanoka the Rukungiri District Police Commander confirmed that the timber pieces were impounded from the timber dealers in Rukungiri.

Police in the district recently kicked off investigations into the ongoing plunder of the forest which is said to have started as the country went into the Covid19 lockdown.

The loggers who are said to be protected by armed people have reportedly been indiscriminately cutting trees to harvest timber, charcoal, and building materials.

Nanoka says they have since summoned the owners of the impounded timber to make statements.

The Rukungiri District Executive Committee convened an urgent meeting on May 12th 2020 and invited stakeholders from National Forest Authority (NFA), Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA), and UPDF to discuss the forest plunder.

The meeting which was chaired by Rukungiri District Chairman Charles Andrewson Kateebire resolved that stakeholders should visit the area to ascertain for themselves if there was plunder of forest or not.

This was after Rukungiri District Forest Officer Twinomujuni Arthur told the meeting that his findings had only established that there was only illegal charcoal burning in the forest but not timber logging.

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Twinomujuni told the meeting that the timber which was impounded in Rukungiri Municipality belonged to the licensed timber dealers but not loggers.

Rukungiri RDC Dan Ayebazibwe Kaguta shunned the meeting which prompted the Chief Administrative Officer Elias Byamungu to suggest that the District Leadership together with other stakeholders should visit the scene and make a conclusive report about the contentious issue and make a way forward.

 

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