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Karimojong in Moroto protest against government plans to cut down Mt. Moroto forest reserve
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.

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