AMURU- Families in Amuru District who sold part of their forested land to charcoal dealers should refund the money, Hajj Abdu Nadduli, the Minister without Portfolio, has said.
The minister’s remarks follow a recent incident in which leaders in the sub-region chased away charcoal dealers.
“Amuru leaders should ensure that all those affected by the decision are compensated,” Mr Nadduli said.
He was addressing residents of Pabbo Sub-county in Amuru District on Wednesday.
would like to see that the money invested in the forest business by the
dealers is paid back by residents who received it,” Mr Nadduli noted.
minister’s directive follows a resolution passed by Amuru District
Council on August 2, calling for an immediate suspension of all
commercial charcoal business.
The resolution provides for a fine
of between Shs2 million and Shs5 million and confiscation of charcoal
from anyone who contravenes the council resolution.
It further sets out a five-month jail term for anyone who bans more than five bags of charcoal.
Amuru District vice chairperson, Mr John Bosco Ocan, urged commercial
charcoal dealers in the area to notify his office in case of failure to
recover their money.
“We shall engage the families that sold the land so that they payback the money,” he said.
under their umbrella, Uganda Charcoal Dealers Association, charcoal
business operators asked for more time to leave the area.
Lumu, the association secretary, said on Wednesday that they have lost
about Shs20 billion in unfinished business in the area.
resolution will greatly affect us. Some of our colleagues are likely to
lose their properties which they used as collateral in banks,” Mr Lumu
A total of 2,000 bags of charcoal leave the district daily.
CREDIT: DAILY MONITOR