Covid-19: Amuru ‘bans charcoal trade’ to prevent community infections


Charcoal is now a lucrative trade in Uganda but now being restricted in some northern Uganda districts. File photo.

Amuru—17, June 2020: Amuru district Covid-19 task-force members on Tuesday unanimously agreed to put a temporary ban on commercial charcoal business.

During their 10th committee meeting since the unit was formed, commercial charcoal trade within the district is paused.

The proposal was raised by the Kilak North Legislator, Hon Akol Anthony and later adopted by the committee for implementation with immediate effect.

MP Akol, in his speech, brought to the attention of the committee that the commercial charcoal business may be a source of the increasing cases of coronavirus among the community.

He added that people involved in the business come from different areas within the country and East Africa at large.

Mr Akol urged some politicians to stop involving them self in charcoal business, warning Pabo sub-county chairman who he said is one culprit involving himself in this act.

He told the meeting that charcoal business is destroying the environment. He also donated 150liters of hand sanitizer to the district task-force.

Lakony Michael, the Amuru LC5 chairperson, however accused security for not implementing the council resolution on charcoal business.

According to the district chair, Council in 2018 passed a resolution to ban commercial charcoal business within the district.

“Most of these trucks which ferry charcoals are normally escorted by security personnel. They might have been compromised,” he added.

In Amuru, commercial charcoal business has left most of the community access roads in a very sorrow state and it has crippled service delivery to population.

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