The Environment Protection Police Unit took hold of over 800 sacks of charcoal and burnt them to ashes during an operation against unlawful charcoal trade in Otuke District.
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The EPPU collected sacks of charcoal from different burning points on Tuesday while others were discovered inside people’s houses.
The EPPU commanding officer, Mr Kasirabo Elias confirmed that the operation was against cutting of trees in the Northern part of Uganda.
The operation started from Nwoya District where we apprehended 65 suspects, from there, we proceeded to Pader, Gulu, Lamwo, Otuke and Omoro,’he said.
The police has been engaging the communities to get to know how to use the environment in a sustainable way, adding that we have been forced to use a stick to let people know that this is a no-go zone, according to the law,’ said Mr Elias.
He advised people to resort to using gas because it’s cheaper than charcoal and by doing so, it will definitely help save the environment and stabilize the climate change in Uganda.
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