Community At Loggerheads With Timber Company In Katire
Katire Community in Imatong State, Geria County, is at logger heads with a timber Company called Teckna South Sudan limited, after the company failed fulfill an agreement it signed last year with the local community.
By Peter Lokale Nakimangole
TORIT, 02 February 2017 [Gurtong] – The community is accusing the Company of failing to hold up to promises it made of building social amenities including a school, health centre and roads in return for being allowed to cut down teak trees in the area.
They are now threatening to expel the company from the region unless the promises made are fulfilled.
The Teckna Limited Director, John Karvello has appealed to the community to remain patient as his company works towards ensuring all technical and logistical issues are addressed.
He added that the company wants to ensure long time ties with the community.
He further added that currently the company hopes to successfully complete constructing a health centre in the area.
The Geria County Commissioner, Hon. Dominic Onyu, affirmed that his administration in collaboration with the State government will look into the issue and considering legal procedures in regards to the formal agreement, between the two parties; Katire and the company.
The Katire Forest, whose Teak and Mahogany, was planted since 1940s, are predominant, and located 10s of kilometres South of Torit.
Its area is about 100 hectors of both natural and plantation forest.
The Teckna Company limited which signed the agreement with the community as witnessed by the Imatong State government, basically seeks to build social amenities in return.