West Nile Leaders Attack UWA Over Stray Animals

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Leaders from West Nile and other parts of northern Uganda have issued an ultimatum to Uganda Wildlife Authority over the destructions caused by the wild animals.

Leaders from West Nile and other parts of northern Uganda have issued an ultimatum to Uganda Wildlife Authority over the destructions caused by the wild animals.

Their ultimatum is contained in a memorandum presented to the Uganda Local Government Association.

On Friday last week, during the meeting of Northern Uganda Local Government Association, the leaders were bitter that elephants are left to roam in many parts of the region, destroying crops and human life.

Many leaders said UWA officials regard the wild animals more important that the human life.They said those whose crops are destroyed by the animals are not compensated and those who try to kill the animals are arrested and imprisoned.

The most affected places in West Nile are Dufile in Moyo district, where marauding elephants destroy crops and houses at will, Obongi County where baboons and other wild animals destroy crops, Pakwach in Nebbi and areas surrounding Ajai Game reserve in Arua, Purongo sub-county and many other places in Amuru district where elephants have destroyed several hectares of crops worth millions of shillings.

Nebbi district chairperson, Robert Okumu says if the UWA officials do not control the wild animals, they will be left with no option, but to incite the affected communities to start killing the animals.

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Okumu wonders why the officials think the animals are more important than human beings.

Anthony Atube Omach, the Amuru district LCV Chairperson, whose district has suffered the wrath of the wild animals agrees with his counterparts from West Nile region. Omach says UWA officials do not honour their promises. The Amuru District Chairperson says several times when the animals destroyed crops in the district, they reported the issue to the wildlife officials, but no action has been taken.

He says the animals in Bibia have become a big threat to the existence of human beings in the area.Omach claims though the district benefits from the proceeds from tourism, the officials must confine the animals in gazetted areas so that they do not interfere with human activities.

Attempts to get clarification from UWA officials proved futile as their official contacts could not go through.