UWA To Fence Off National Parks

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The Uganda Wildlife Authority is to fence off all its national parks following a stand off between the organization and residents bordering parks over the threat posed by wild animals.

The Uganda Wildlife Authority is to fence off all its national parks following a stand off between the organization and residents bordering parks over the threat posed by wild animals.

This was revealed on Saturday by the director of tourism in UWA, Stephen Masaba at Sanga in Kiruhura district while meeting with people neighboring Lake Mburo National Park.
 
The residents expressed bitterness that they have lost several lives, livestock and agricultural produce over years but that Uganda Wild Life Authority has never come to help them in terms of compensation.

Masaba regretted the loss of lives and property caused by stray animals from the park but revealed that UWA allocated some funds in the 2011/2012 budget to fence off national parks, starting with Lake Mburo as a pilot project.

Some residents threatened to take legal action against Uganda Wild Life Authority for negligence.

Alice Nyankoona told the UWA official that she recently lost a porter who was killed by a buffalo, which invaded the farm. She added that her son survived the same buffalo narrowly but UWA did nothing.

Masaba however said Uganda Wildlife Authority has always had a humanitarian concern when such incidents happen but said previously their hands had been tied because there was no law mandating them to compensate these victims. He noted that the Wildlife Act has been reviewed to include an element of compensating victims.

Nyabushozi County Member of Parliament Col Fred Mwesigye said there is a need to harmonize the co-existence between Lake Mburo National Park and the people around it.

The residents also claim the wild animals failed the NAADS programme in the area because wild animals ate most of the goats given to them under the programme.

Apart from fencing off of national parks Masaba said UWA has a programme of relocating animals from some parks with big numbers to other designated places like Katonga game reserve.