KIKUUBE, UGANDA: Bunyoro Kitara Kingdom Officials have been put on the spot for the increased illegal lumbering and charcoal burning activities in Bugoma Forest – Kikuube district.
The officials are said to have been cutting trees in Bugoma Forest in Muhangazima cultural land without authority from the Kingdom.
John Apollo Rwamparo the deputy prime minister of Bunyoro Kitara Kingdom says his office and security operatives have arrested two lorries carrying timbers and sacks of charcoal worth several million shillings of money.
It is alleged that connived with the locals and they started cutting trees in Bugoma Forest.
“Am so much surprised that kingdom Officials who would rather protect the natural environment are the ones spoiling it and this led to the failure of the Kingdom’s efforts to conserve the environment”. Rwamparo said.
According to Rwamparo in order to curb this vice, the equipment used to carry out this activity were arrested and the officers whose names were withheld for security purposes are to be taken to court for trial. The arrested lorries carrying timbers and charcoal are still at Hoima Chambers in Hoima city.
“These timbers and charcoal are to be sold by the Kingdom and the money that will be got from sales will be used to plant new trees in the deforested area”. Rwamparo added.
He added that they have put roadblocks on various roads so as to ensure there is no vehicle or person carrying timbers or charcoal from the forest.