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Stray Chimpanzees Cause Panic in Hoima Villages

Francis Semate, a resident of Kyedikyo cell says the animals invaded the area last week on Saturday triggering fear and tension in the area.

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An invasion of chimpanzees has caused fear among residents of Kyedikyo cells in Bwikya ward Mparo division Hoima Municipality.

Francis Semate, a resident of Kyedikyo cell says the animals invaded the area last week on Saturday triggering fear and tension in the area.

He says that currently, some parents fear sending children to fetch water. The stray Chimpanzees are believed to have come from the degraded forest reserves in Kitoba and Kyabigambire sub-counties in Hoima district.

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Halima Kasinde, another resident says although the Chimpanzees haven’t caused any harm, there is an urgent need by officials from the Chimpanzee sanctuary and world life Conservation Trust-CSWCT to come and trap the apes from the area.

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Ronald Wabyona another resident says that he is worried the may turn violent and cause havoc in the area.

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Iddi Magezi, the Bwikya ward Councillor wants the Uganda Wild Life Authority-UWA to immediately come to the rescue of the residents by evicting the apes before they could cause harm to the area residents.

Norbert Kasozi, the Conservation Officer, Chimpanzee Sanctuary and Wildlife Conservation Trust-Hoima area, says the Chimpanzees strayed into the community because all their habitats have been encroached on by the community.

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In 2009 eight Chimpanzees invaded Kamusunsi Village in Kizirafumbi sub-county Kikuube district causing panic among area residents.   



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