Wildfires rage on As Drought bites Karamoja Harder

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Drought coupled with strong winds is fueling wildfires across Karamoja making communities feel sweltering heat.

Families in the region specifically Napak, Nakapiripirit, Moroto and Kaabong districts continue to battle lots of wildfires to prevent property destruction.

So far, over 70 homes in Irriri, Lotome, Lokopo in Napak and 10 in Rupa Sub County in Moroto district have lost their property in the last two months.
One Nake, a housewife in Pupu parish in Rupa Sub County says grass for thatching houses has become so scarce in the past weeks, since bush fires have reduced the entire vegetation into ashes. She appeals to the leaders in Karamoja to come up with ordinances to fight bush burning in the region.
Joseph Lomonyang, the District Chairman Napak district says rough fires seen in Karamoja are ignited by rat hunters and cigarette smokers who throw butts onto the dry grass. He notes that this has put the herdsmen at risk with their animals-which now lack grass for their herds. He further says the bush fires have constructed a huge path of destruction both to the communities, an issue that has led to severe migrations in search of pasture.
One Longora, an elder from Nadunget Sub County, Moroto district condemns the act saying for decades bush fires have disrupted life amongst communities.
Fast moving bushfires continue to blaze across Karamoja dry terrains threatening destruction of settlements among others a common sight today. Ends


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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.