Activists Walk for 470km To Save Zoka Forest

In a bid to save Zoka forest, four environmental activists recently walked 470km from Kampala to Adjumani.

They had been in the limelight for their activism in trying to save Zoka Central Forest Reserve in Adjumani district for long. However, they recently took it a notch higher by walking hundreds of kilometres from the environmental ministry headquarters in Kampala to Adjumani in an effort to raise awareness about encroachment on Zoka forest.

Water and environment minister Sam Cheptoris flagged off the group. The walk to Zoka, which took 15 days was undertaken by William Amanzuru Leslie ( the team leader), Solomon Agwe, Geofrey Alule and Ayiga Joseph under their pressure group known as Friends of Zoka. Amanzuru thanked Care International, a nongovernmenatal organisation for supporting their walk.

The group has been raising awareness about the cause since 2016 when the forest came under severe encroachment by loggers, timber dealers and charcoal burning. Amanzuru said unknown people had threatened to harm him and his family if he did not abandon his activities.

Because of the threats, he relocated his family to eastern Uganda for safety. He expressed disappointment in the security forces, saying they let illegal loggers get away with their activities.

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