District halts brick making

MUHANGA - District leaders have halted unlicensed brick making activities, saying, they are causing land degradation and destruction of forests. At a meeting with the brick makers held on October 9, it was revealed that people illegally fell trees to burn bricks- contrary to the government’s policy of forest conservation.
Under age children who are  used as a form of  cheap labour in brick making enterprises in Muhanga-Photo D.Sabiiti
Under age children who are used as a form of cheap labour in brick making enterprises in Muhanga-Photo D.Sabiiti

MUHANGA - District leaders have halted unlicensed brick making activities, saying, they are causing land degradation and destruction of forests.

At a meeting with the brick makers held on October 9, it was revealed that people illegally fell trees to burn bricks- contrary to the government’s policy of forest conservation.

A recent investigation by the district indicates that some local leaders use local residents to run such businesses on their behalf.

The report also indicates that some of these illegal brick makers have been making bricks from the safety of their homes and by so doing they have apparently been avoiding remitting taxes.

According to the Mayor, Yvonne Mutakwasuku, some individuals have been netted in the recent operations that was mounted recently against such illicit activities.

“All those concerned within this industry  will have to renew their  permits and fulfill the required minimum standards by transforming their activities into formal operations for the purposes of complying with Government policy,” the Mayor said.

A recent government report indicates that Muhanga district has been among the areas most affected by environmental degradation.

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