Business in Moroto municipality came to standstill on Wednesday following a protest by the Tepeth Community against plans to cut down trees planted by the colonial government in 1945 on Mt. Moroto.
The protesters walked with their banners for 65 kilometres from Tapac sub-county to the Moroto district headquarters
Moroto Resident District Commissioner, Peter Keen Lochap blamed the National Forestry Authority officials for rushing to call for bids on radio stations without first meeting, and sensitising, the local community who are the custodians of the forest, district leaders and his office.
The protesters say the forest is the source of rain and water for the semi arid sorrounding area and Tepeth tradition also prohibits cutting down trees along the slopes of Mt. Moroto