23 May 2006

Uganda: NFA Impounds Timber in Nebbi

The National Forestry Authority has impounded a dozen tones of timber from businessmen operating in Nebbi district.

The district NFA sector manager, Mr Fred Edema, told Daily Monitor on Sunday that there was a high rate of illegal trading in timber. Edema attributed illegal trade to the non-functionality of law enforcement officers.

He said some timber is impounded from Congolese.

He said three Fuso lorries loaded with timber had been impounded.

A businesswoman, whose timber was impounded, Ms Peter Manuela said the district forest authority in Zeu had approved her documents.

She said trading in timber had become expensive as the price was hiked to Shs3,500 for a piece, coupled with the ruthless way of impounding by the NFA.

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