Abim – Police in Abim Central Police Station in collaboration with Non Governmental Organization that fights for environmental preservation has impounded over 2000 bags of charcoal which was loaded and being taken out of the district. Authorities say it was illegal and owners were evading tax.
The Police stopped the loaded trucks at their check point near Abim CPS located on Abim-Otuke highway, and when the occupants were asked whether they had paid loading fees of shs. 2000 shillings per bag as directed by the district council, they could not produce a receipt.
Police insist that all must pay tax but the occupants were not willing to pay it at check point and led to the detention of their sacks of charcoal.
The Chief Administrative Officer Mr. Emmanuel Ofwono confirmed and appreciated the Abim security team that tow the trucks to Abim CPS so that a thorough investigation can be under taken into the illegal trade.
‘’Abim district leadership will not relent in its efforts to curb illegal charcoal burning and trade. This is to warn people with intention of breaking the law by cutting down trees and burning charcoal without authorization, and evading payment of taxes,” CAO Ofwono said.
According to him, such illegal trade is denying the district to collect more local revenue.
In an interview with our reporter Jimmy Ochero, the Abim district LC5 chairperson noted that the only way to maintain the environment in Abim is to arrest anybody who goes to the district looking for charcoal in larger quantity for sale.
“It’s now a district policy after our council resolution to maintain environment and preserved natural trees,” Ochero said.
Recently, Abim district council has resolved to an ordinance that will protect the environment and would require anyone to be documented once he wants to deal in charcoal business to boost district revenue.