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Gulu LC 5 boss cains hardsmen as he launches operation to protect fragile environment
According to Chris Dolan of Makerere University's refugee law project, particular trees are being targeted, and a whole cultural history that is within the environment has been destroyed in a few years.

Gulu LC5 Chairman Martin Ojara Mapenduzi sought the company of Police to chase a group of herdsmen out of the forest.

 

The leaders, concerned that trees are being depleted at a fast rate, also discovered that the herdsmen were growing marijuana in the forest.  

 

They found that the charcoal dealers have destroyed close to 15 square kilometres of the forest in Palaro sub-county.

 

The team set the shelter on fire and some of those who were arrested were first caned before they were carted off to the Police station. 

 

Mapenduzi says the aim of the exercise is to conserve the environment.

He says he is working the police to stop the indiscriminate cutting of trees and would save the environment.

Some NGOs say the move by the district leaders will help protect endangered tree species.

 

According to Chris Dolan of Makerere University's refugee law project, particular trees are being targeted, and a whole cultural history that is within the environment has been destroyed in a few years.

This is the second major operation launched by the district against commercial charcoal business since 2016.