Kyankwanzi Forms Wildlife Associations to Combat Poaching

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Leopold Ddamulira Kinene, the Kyankwanzi LC V Chairperson, says the district will economically empower local hunters through established government programmes to discourage them from poaching. He appealed to the local leaders to identify and mobilize the poachers to form groups for support.

Wildlife remains endangered in Kyankwanzi district, one of the of the few unprotected wildlife habitats in the country. The head ranger in charge of Kyankwanzi and Nakaseke districts, Robert Gilla, says hunters from neighboring Kiboga, Hoima, Masindi, Kibaale, and Nakaseke sneak into the district to poach.

 
According to Gilla, the most targeted animals are antelopes, bush bucks, wild pigs and hippos, which are found along the banks of River Kafu. He explains that despite making several arrests and their prosecution, killing of wildlife continues on a daily basis.
 
 
"On average we can arrest over 100 hunters a year and just this year in March we arrested 34 illegal hunters a long river Kafu in Nsambya sub-county. But to our dismay court gave them lesser punishments of caution, a fine of not more than Shillings 50, 000 or a month imprisonment", he said.

 
Uganda Wildlife Authority-UWA deployed five rangers in the area in 2015 to tighten security of wild life concentrated in Kyankwanzi, Nsambya and Watuba sub counties. Dorothy Nankya, the Kyankwanzi District Natural Resources Officer, says they have established Community Wild life Associations to mobilise communities to safe guard wild life.
 
 
The coordinators of the associations received motorcycles on Wednesday to aid their mobilisation activities. Elizabeth Namanda, the Kyankwanzi Chief Administrative Officer, says that they have started realizing some revenue with the intervention of Uganda Wild Life Authority and Wild Life Safaris.
 
 
"For instance this financial year the district got about Shillings 2m and Uganda Wild Life authority Shillings 20m from foreigners who visited the district for spot hunting expeditions", she said.
 
 
Leopold Ddamulira Kinene, the Kyankwanzi LC V Chairperson, says the district will economically empower local hunters through established government programmes to discourage them from poaching. He appealed to the local leaders to identify and mobilize the poachers to form groups for support.

 

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