UWA on the spot over rape, killings in Elgon

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The Uganda Wildlife Authority has been put on the spot over allegations that some of its officers killed some members of the Benet community living on a disputed portion of the lower plains of Mt. Elgon National Park.

The Uganda Wildlife Authority has been put on the spot over allegations that some of its officers killed some members of the Benet community living on a disputed portion of the lower plains of Mt. Elgon National Park.

The officers, according to some of the legislators from Kapchorwa, Kween and Bukwo, have also been pinned over allegedly raping women in the community.

The victims are part of the Ndorobo and Yetui of the Benet minority who have lived within the Mt. Elgon Forest National Park since 1983. However, the Uganda Wildlife Authority kicked them out without providing an alternative area to resettle them, in spite of a presidential directive to degazette the portion of the forest so that the 800 families are settled permanently.

President Museveni also called for an investigation into the killing of two people killed by UWA personnel.

The committee chairperson Presidential Affairs committee, Peter Ogwang, reveals that during the committee visit to the districts last week, they were shown graves of people killed by the UWA personnel.

"How come that these officials continue to harass these people? Some people lost lives and we have evidence to show this from our visit," Ogwang said.

Kween County MP, Abdi Chemaswet says failure by the authorities to investigate the killings and rape incidents has left the Benet community in Kisangani and Rwanda camps frustrated.

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