OVER 1,200 pieces of timber have been impounded in an operation to curb illegal pit-sawing in Kibaale district.
The acting district forest officer, Wilson Kyamuhondire, said over 30 hand-saws and five power-saws were also seized during the crackdown.
He made the disclosure during an emergency meeting for licensed pit-sawyers held at the district engineering boardroom on Thursday.
â€œWe reduced the number of pit-sawyers to be licensed to check illicit activities in the forests, but it seems this has been failed by you people,â€ Kyamuhondire said. He warned that pit-sawyers who connive with illegal timber dealers would have their licences withdrawn.
Kyamuhondire said the impounded timber would be sold by public auction, adding that the crackdown was ongoing.
Louis Balikudembe, the district natural resources officer, warned the pit-sawyers against employing juveniles, saying it violates the labour laws and promotes child labour.
1,200 illegal timber seized in Kibaale