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Strange Flies Invade Masindi Villages

Perez Asiimwe, a resident of Nyakarongo village claimed that domestic animals like pigs, goats and cows have started dying as a result of being bitten by the flies.

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Masindi district vector control department has embarked on investigations to identify strange flies that have triggered panic among residents of Kiruuli Sub County.  The tiny black flies have mostly affected Kitengule, Kimina East, Nyakarongo, Bagdad and Kyeicumu villages among others. 

These villages neighbour Murchison Falls national park. The strange flies invaded the villages on Monday this week, prompting the officials to commence investigations. The vast swarms have triggered among residents for fear that they could spread diseases to humans.

Efforts by the residents to stop the flies by themselves have failed so far.  According to the residents, the flies bite both humans and livestock causing intense itching that results in skin rashes.

The residents believe the flies came with some elephants from the Murchison Falls National park that recently raided their crop gardens.

Evas Bigirwa, a resident of Kimina East village, says that the situation is unbearable since the flies are everywhere. 

//Cue in;”Embera eriturumu tuli…  

Cue out:…Abakuru batuyambe tulikubi,”//     

Perez Asiimwe, a resident of Nyakarongo village claimed that domestic animals like pigs, goats and cows have started dying as a result of being bitten by the flies.    

//cue in;”Obuhuka bu twine…


 

Cue out:…fuyira tibuku fwa.”//  



Deo Okuba, a resident of Bagdad wants the government to intervene immediately and save them from the problem since the flies have become disastrous to both humans and domestic animals. 

//cue in;”sasa sisi tuna…  

Cue out:…watu kubwa yote.”//  

Geoffrey Bigabwa, the area LC 5 councillor who doubles as the district production, marketing and natural resources secretary, says that many residents have been affected by the flies.

//cue in;”Mpulire nikwatwa ho…


 

Cue out:…Aliyo ndwara yona.”//  


William Mugoya, the Masindi District Vector Control Officer, says district Production department officials have launched investigations to identify the flies and possible ways of eliminating them. 

He says that his office has already contacted the vector control division in the ministry of health, which has promised to send a team to the district next week to identify the insects and see how to stop them.

//Cue in;”Obuhuka bunu tukaba…


 

Cue out:…Kugumya obuhuka bunu.”//

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