CLIMATE CHANGE: MP Olanya arrested over charcoal campaign

Gulu , Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT |  The Police in Gulu City have arrested the Kilak South Member of Parliament Gilbert Olanya for allegedly inciting locals to loot charcoal.

Olanya was arrested Tuesday from For-God Parish in Bardege-Layibi Division, outside Gulu City center.

Police fired teargas during the arrest to disperse a group of locals who had reportedly intercepted a truck with a registration number UAM 698Q loaded with charcoal from an unknown destination.

Police accuse Olanya of mobilizing and inciting locals to illegally intercept charcoal trucks before looting away charcoal from them.

Conrad Byomugabe, the Gulu City West Division Police Commander confirmed Olanya’s arrest in an interview with Uganda Radio Network saying he is being detained at Gulu City West Police station.