Tsetse Flies Infestation Hits Karamoja

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He says more than 150 cows have been affected by Nagana within the last 24 months.

Local authorities in North Karamoja are concerned about the tsetse flies infestation in Kotido and Kaabong Districts.

They claim the flies have failed cultivation, opening farm land and pastoralism, an issue that may affect the livelihood of the Agro-pastoralists. 

Peter Abrahams Lokii, the Jie county Member of Parliament in Kotido district says the infestation has worsened.
He explains that residents have even failed to take up food production following the painful bites by the flies. Lokii says unless government intervenes there will be a serious food crisis in the future.

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Dr. Fredrick Eladu, the Kaabong District Veterinary Officer says the situation is awful. He says more than 150 cows have been affected by Nagana within the last 24 months.
He however, says human beings have only been affected by painful bites. He identifies Karenga and Kapedo, Kawalakol, Lobalangit, Lolelia and Sidok sub counties as the most affected.
He appeals to government to find means of eradicating tsetse flies from the area saying Nagana is now endemic in North Karamoja. Swarms of tsetse flies have kept herders and their families at bay from animals' watering places forcing them to migrate East of the district towards the Uganda-Kenya border.

In 2013, Government secured 475 billion ($19 million) from the Arab Bank for economic development to eradicate the insects that cause Nagana in cattle and trypanosomiasis also known as sleeping sickness in humans.


About the author

Olandason Wanyama
Olandason Wanyama is the Karamoja region bureau chief. Amudat, Nakapiripirit, Moroto, Abim, Kotido and Kaabong districts fall under his docket. Wanyama has been a URN staff member since 2012.

The former teacher boasts of 20 years journalism experience. Wanyama started out as a freelance writer for the Daily Monitor newspaper in 1991 in Entebbe. Wanyama also wrote for the army publication Tarehe Sita, the Uganda National Roads Authority (UNRA) magazine and The New Vision. While not on the beat, Wanyama taught child soldiers at Uganda Airforce School-Katabi.

Wanyama is very interested in conflict reporting, climate change, education, health and business reporting. He is also an avid photographic chronicler of vanishing tribal life in the East African region.