Nakasongola Loses 100 Wild Animals Every Week to Poaching

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The antelope, crocodiles, hippos and bushbucks are mostly targeted by poachers in the sub counties of Karungi, Kalongo, Nabiswera and Nakitoma, according to Nakasongola district Environment Officer James Bond Kunobere.

Nakasongola district is losing an estimated 100 wild animals on weekly basis as a result of poaching.

The antelope, crocodiles, hippos and bushbucks are mostly targeted by poachers in the sub counties of Karungi, Kalongo, Nabiswera and Nakitoma, according to Nakasongola district Environment Officer James Bond Kunobere.

He said poachers, often armed with spears, nets and flash lights raid the bushes in the night and kill the animals for meat. Kunobere adds that the meat is sold in Masindi and Kampala districts, where it reportedly has a ready market.

He however adds that the district does not have enough resources to facilitate night operations to crackdown poachers.
 
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Retired Lieutenant Sam Kigula, the Nakasongola LCV Chairperson explains the problem has worsened during the rainy season because it's easy for poacher to track the animals and kill them by following their foot-marks. He adds that poaching has affected district plans to promote and raise local revenue from tourism
 
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The district has formed a Wildlife Association which is working with Uganda Wildlife Safaris Limited to license tourists for sport hunting, an activity which contributes four million Shillings annually to district treasury. The campaign also aims to sensitize residents to protect the wild animals.

The Uganda Wildlife Authority Act prohibits poaching and trade in wildlife even domesticating the animals.   On Wednesday, the African Pangolin, the world's most trafficked mammal received more international protection from poachers.

 

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Brian Luwaga
Since Brian Luwaga joined Uganda Radio Network in 2011, he is still amazed how, "URN is a place that gives journalists a chance to enhance their skills . It gives a journalist an opportunity to adopt and master various aspects of journalism that include radio broadcast, social media, photography and television production."

A practicing journalist since 2009, first with Star FM, Luwaga has always been keen to write about the concerns of the "common person." Based for much of his career in Luweero, Luwaga takes it as a compliment if politicians complain that his reporting is too harsh.

In his journalism, Luwaga likes to merge the past with the present. He believes you cannot understand what is happening now, if you do not have a grounding in the past. Brian Luwaga is the Luweero URN bureau chief. Nakasongola, Nakaseke, Mityana, Mubende and Wakiso districts fall under his docket.

Luwaga is interested in humanitarian work and is a keen Rotarian.