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Civil defense in Torit warns against bush burning

By Kabaka Quintous

The Director of Fire Brigade Services and Civil Defense in Eastern Equatoria State Capt. Stephen Tete has strongly warned citizens against unnecessary bush burning.

The statement comes after wild bush fire burnt a woman to dead and injuring the other in Abalwa village.

Speaking to Juba Monitor on Monday Tete said anybody who sets bush on fire will face the law.

“There are people still in the hospital but the Criminals Investigative Department has the information, they are working on it. Anyone arrested will be responsible for the actions. The grass belongs to everybody even the wild animals depend on the forest. Unnecessary bush burning is a violation of wild life laws,” he said.

Tete said according to the fire brigade services bush burning is not accepted, and urged all village chiefs to take note.

Last week a woman was killed by wildfire in Eastern Equatoria State.

“The women went to cut grass and some woods but unfortunately someone set fire from somewhere until it caught those women. It killed one woman and injured one, who is currently in a critical condition at Torit state hospital,” he said.

The director said no suspect has been arrested but that the government was carrying out investigations.      

He urged the local chiefs to sensitize their communities on the importance of conserving environment.

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