KARAMOJA: Police Intensifying Implementation of Ban on Charcoal Burning

By Our Reporter




The Joint Security Forces in Karamoja are enforcing Presidential Executive Order No. 3 of 2023, which prohibits charcoal burning and trade in specified regions of North and North East Uganda (Karamoja, Teso, Lango, Acholi) and West Nile.



Following the directive issued by President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni on May 19, 2023, police operations in Karamoja have targeted areas where charcoal is burnt, resulting in successful impoundments of sacks of charcoal.



This was revealed by Nabbaka Claire, the Deputy Police Spokesperson in Thursday’s statement where she revealed that over 4,019 bags of charcoal have so far been impounded and handed over to National Forestry Authority.



“Since the issuance of the executive order, Joint Security Forces in Karamoja have impounded 4,019 bags of charcoal, handing them over to NFA for proper management,” Nabbaka says.



She also says that beyond identified hotspots, police has established snap checkpoints along key routes to curb the transportation of charcoal out of Karamoja.



“Given Karamoja’s size, these checkpoints have proven effective in intercepting charcoal from unmapped areas,” she says.



Nabbaka says, the Joint Security Forces remain committed to environmental conservation and ensuring Karamoja remains an ecologically balanced and pleasant place to reside.



She attributes the success of the implementation so far to the dedication of field commanders who she says provided strategic guidance, enabling field officers to implement the directive efficiently and minimize operational errors.

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