Kalangala DPC, LC5 Chairperson On the Spot for Selling Impounded Timber

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The timber was confiscated from Richard Ssegaluma, a landlord at Kamwanyi Landing site, Bujumba Sub County Kalangala District. It was later taken to Kalangala Police Station and allegedly sold to a businessman in Masaka District.

The Kalangala District LC5 Chairperson and District Police Commander are on the spot for selling 3,200 pieces of impounded timber.

The timber was confiscated from Richard Ssegaluma, a landlord at Kamwanyi Landing site, Bujumba Sub County Kalangala District. It was later taken to Kalangala Police Station and allegedly sold to a businessman in Masaka District.

According to Ssegaluma, the Kalangala District Chairperson Willy Lugoloobi, District Police Commander Richard Musisi and the District Internal Security Officer James Kalinge found him cutting timber and was arrested.

Ssegaluma had earlier presented documents to the officials that indicated that he was cleared to cut timer by the District Forests Officer since the land belonged to him.

The law requires that whoever cuts timber in a private piece of land first gets clearance and guidelines from the District Forestry officer as a way of regulating the cutting down of trees in an area.

However, a businessman only identified as Matovu from Masaka District was later tipped off to buy timber from Police.

Matovu was however arrested at Bukakata Landing site in Masaka District by the Masaka Region NFA regional Manager Denis Ssebugwaawo for illegally transporting Timber.


The National Forestry Act gives power to Sector and regional managers of the National Forestry Authority to arrest impound timber that may have been cut down without a license.

The License to cut down timber using a machine is only issued by the Authority. However, no timber cutting machine was licensed to work in Kalangala.

URN couldn't establish how much Matovu paid for the timber.

Ssebugwawo when contacted neither accepted or denied the confiscation of the timber. He, however, acknowledged that a team of enforcement officers has been stationed at Bukakata to arrest illegal timber dealers. 

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Lugoloobi asked for more time before he comments on the matter. However, Musisi says Police has always been arresting people dealing in timber illegally. He also denied selling timber to Matovu.

Kalangala forest cover has been decreasing due to the increased cutting down of trees for both timber and charcoal production. Two months ago, the army arrested 19 people who were engaged in the illegal cutting down of trees.