Last year in October, Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA) announced that it would install 30 Kilometers of low voltage electric fencing in major human-wildlife conflict hotspots in Murchison Falls National Park. Each Kilometre will cost 50 Million shillings.
The delayed electric fencing of Murchison Falls National Park has
increased human-wildlife conflict in Nwoya District.
year in October, Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA) announced that it would install
30 Kilometers of low voltage electric fencing in major human-wildlife conflict
hot spots in Murchison Falls National Park. Each Kilometre will cost 50
fence would be installed in areas whose trenches are known to experience high
degrees of siltation by flash-floods, gully erosion and elephant activities.
Some sections will be erected to cross rivers and landscapes characterized by
hard underlying rock outcrops which prevent effective trenching.
However, installation of the electric fence is yet to commence. For
over a decade now, wild animals especially elephants, rhinoceros, primates and
buffalos among others have attacked and killed dozens of residents neighbouring
the park. They have also devoured crop gardens causing food insecurity and
starvation in the district.
Last month, a 56-year-old man Francis Okello, a resident of Agung
village, Todora Parish in Anaka Sub-County was killed by four marauding
elephants while he was weeding in his garden.
In the same month, stray hippopotamuses from the park invaded
Otong village, Pabbo Sub-County in neighbouring Amuru District and destroyed
over 1,000 acres of staple food crops.
Geoffrey Opobo, the LCIII Chairperson of Anaka Sub-County observed
that the human-wildlife conflicts in the area have become unbearable because
all the remedies devised to safeguard the communities have not yielded.
Nwoya LCV Chairperson Patrick Okello Oryema accused the park
authorities of paying little attention to the trails of wildlife catastrophes
in the district. He also said that the funds given to communities under the
revenue sharing scheme are inadequate compared to the magnitude of destruction
by the animals.
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The UWA Communications Officer, Hangi Bashir regretted the destructions
meted on communities by stray animals. He explains that UWA contracted Space
for Giants, a Kenyan firm to supply them the required electric wires for fencing
the park boundary but the outbreak of global Coronavirus Disease delayed the
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UWA has started erecting a 21km electric wire fence from Kikorongo
to Kasese Cobalt Company in Kasese Town, providing relief to residents of
Kirembe, Nyamirangara, Muhokya, Lyemibuza, who have severally lost their crops
to stray wild animals.