By Fred Kiva
Hoima Resident District Commissioner, John Steven Ekoom has denied ever assaulting an Officer with the National Forestry Authority (NFA).
Last week, a case was logged at Hoima Police Station against Ekoom by the Kisindi NFA Sector Manager Wilfred Tumwesige. Tumwesige accused the RDC of assaulting him after he led an operation to impound a truck of timber purported to have been illegally cut from Bugoma Central Forestry Reserve.
However, speaking to Kampala Post, RDC Ekoom described the case as tramped up and intended to derail his work as a central government monitor. “I did not assault anyone,” Ekoom maintained.
The assault case against the RDC was registered under reference number: SD 61/10/01/ 2018. Ekoom did not readily disclose to this Website on whether he has made a police statement or not.
Albertine Region Police Spokesperson, Julius Hakiza said he is yet to be briefed on the progress of the case.
All has not been well between Hoima NFA Office and that of the RDC and the district Chairman Kadir Kirungi. It all started about two weeks ago when NFA launched an impromptu operation and arrested illegal timber loggers in Bugoma Forest. The RDC and the district leadership complained that NFA officials had acted in isolation of the district authorities.
National Forestry Authority has always accused politicians of frustrating their efforts to conserve and protect forests, by siding with encroachers.