Isingiro Bans Charcoal Burning

2312 Views Isingiro District, Uganda

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Jeremiah Kamurali, the Isingiro LC V chairperson, says the ban takes immediate effect. According to Kamurali, they decided to ban charcoal banning when their attempts to regulate indiscriminate tree cutting in the district failed to yield results

Isingiro district has banned charcoal burning citing the depletion of the tree cover in most sub counties there.  The district executive passed the resolution to ban charcoal burning early this month.
 
Jeremiah Kamurali, the Isingiro LC V chairperson, says the ban takes immediate effect. According to Kamurali, they decided to ban charcoal banning when their attempts to regulate indiscriminate tree cutting in the district failed to yield results.
 
 
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Kamurali says the district leadership has already engaged Police and Local Councils official at all levels to ensure the ban is enforced.  He says the ban all affects the more than 200 licensed charcoal dealers in the district.
 
 
Kamurali says those found burning a bag of charcoal a  will be fined Shillings 50,000 while those found burning more than a sack will pay an on spot fine of Shillings 200,000 of face imprisonment for one year or both.
 
The decision has however not gone down well with charcoal dealers. Jovia Kyokusiima, a resident of Isingiro town council, says the ban will leave her unemployed, adding that the move may have been planned to get rid of the poor, since they are the ones who mainly survive on charcoal burning.
 
  
Anania Musinguzi, another charcoal dealer dismisses the ban as a joke. Musinguzi says they will defy the ban because people need charcoal for use in their homes.

 

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Anthony Kushaba
For Anthony Kushaba, journalism is not just a job; it is a calling. Kushaba believes journalism is one of the few platforms where the views of the oppressed and margainalised can be heard. This is what his journalism aims to do: bring to light untold stories.

Kushaba is the Mbarara region URN bureau chief. Mitooma, Ntungamo, Bushenyi, Sheema, Isingiro, and Kiruhura districts fall under his docket. Kushaba has been a URN staff member since 2012.

Kushaba is a journalism graduate from Uganda Christian University Study Centre at Bishop Barham College in Kabale. Before joining URN, Kushaba worked with Voice of Kigezi (2008), Bushenyi FM (2010) and later on to Voice of Muhabura.

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