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UWA to Erect Electric Fence Around Murchison Falls National Park :: Uganda Radionetwork
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UWA to Erect Electric Fence Around Murchison Falls National Park

This follows numerous complaints filed by residents of Buliisa district settling adjacent to the National Park against the invasion of wild animals including elephants, Baboons, and Buffaloes into the community to cause havoc.
A baboon sitting on top of a road sign post in Butiaba sub county. Stray animals are causing havoc to the community.Photo by Emmanuel Okello.1

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The Uganda Wildlife Authority-UWA is to erect an electric fence around the park to prevent animals from straying into the communities.

This follows numerous complaints filed by residents of Buliisa district settling adjacent to the National Park against the invasion of wild animals including elephants, Baboons, and Buffaloes into the community to cause havoc. 

The most affected sub-counties include Butiaba, Buliisa Ngwedu,Biiso, and Buliisa Town Council. 

The residents say several hectares of cassava, maize, beans, sweet potatoes, jack fruits, pawpaws, and bananas have been destroyed by wild animals over the years, and are a threat to human life.

Statistics in the district indicate that since the beginning of this year, five people have been attacked and killed by stray elephants in the district.   

The recent one is the death of Bridget Katulinde 24, a resident of Bugana village who was attacked and killed by a stray elephant last month while in her garden. 

Fredrick Kiiza, the Chief Warden of the Murchison Falls conservation area explains that all arrangements have been made to ensure that within three months, an electric fence is erected around the National Park. 

Additionally, Kizza says, UWA has embarked on massive recruitment of scouts, field enforcement officers and wardens to be deployed within communities settling adjacent to the National Park to immediately respond to emergencies caused by the stray animals.

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Margret Kugonza a resident of Butiaba sub county says, that UWA has kept a deaf ear despite several complaints being raised by the community saying a lasting solution should be done to solve the situation.  

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Fredrick Lukumu, the Buliisa LCV Chairperson says as leaders they have engaged UWA several times, but in vain. 

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Allan Atugonza, the Buliisa County Member of Parliament has threatened to mobilize people to demonstrate against UWA but completely fails to intervene.

According to Kugonza, families who lost their relatives as a result of the elephant invasion have not received any compensation from UWA despite several complaints filed. 

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In 2022, more than 1,000 Residents of Buliisa settling near Murchison Falls National Park petitioned UWA over the rampant invasion of elephants and Buffaloes into the community causing massive destruction to their crops.  

In their petition addressed to UWA, the residents stated that they are being raided by wild animals like elephants and Buffaloes which destroy their crops and cause injuries to the community members.   

The residents in the petition demanded that UWA should compensate them for crops destroyed and injuries inflicted on some of the community members by the wild animals.  

The petitioners were then from more than 20 villages neighboring Murchison Falls National Park from the sub-counties including Butiaba, Buliisa Ngwedu, Biiso, and Buliisa town council, which all share a common border with the parks.     

In their petition then, the residents too demanded that UWA erect an electric fence around Murchison Falls National Park to prevent further invasion of the animals into the community.   

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