By Amacha Goli
Adjumani- Officials from the forestry department in Adjumani district on Wednesday afternoon auctioned the charcoal that was impounded.
The 120 bags of charcoal were impounded this January following a ban on its sale last year. So far four districts in West Nile have banned the sale of charcoal in bulk in order to save the remaining trees and forests from depletion.
Rubanga-ku Patrick, a forest ranger, who presided over the auctioning exercise, said the forest department has been running an advert informing the public on the impeding exercise upon getting express permission from the office of the chief administrative officer.
He said the office of CAO then wrote to the procurement office that supervised the process.
Each bag of charcoal was sold at a giveaway price of Shs 10, 000, but civil servants at the district headquarters are the major beneficiaries as the district agriculture officer, Alule Justine, bought five bags while Lalia Jesca another agriculture field extension worker bought four.
The proceeds from the auction will be banked in the district account as local revenue, an official in forest department has revealed.
Despite the ban, some defiant charcoal dealers have continued to deal in the business. The Adjumani district vice chairman recently appealed to the population for vigilance and empowered residents to impound any truck transporting charcoal.