Bashir Hangi, the UWA Communications Manager told Uganda Radio Network in an interview on Monday that three suspects were arrested from Agago district while attempting to sell off a live Pangolin. They were found in G&G Victoria Hotel in Kalongo Town Council where they had set up to meet their customers.
Hon. Grace Freedom Kwiyocwiny, the Minister in charge of Northern Uganda explained that the construction that is now being undertaken by CMD Investment Limited had stalled for many years due to a number of challenges including cultural institutional conflicts.
Fred Kizza, the Chief Warden of Mt Elgon National Park under whose administration Matheniko - Bokora and Pian - Upe game reserves fall told URN on Tuesday in Moroto that the ostrich population in Matheniko - Bokora game reserve is now over 50,000, making it the biggest of the species in the whole of Africa.
The Chief Warden of Uganda Wild Life Authority in charge of Mt. Elgon which covers up to Karamoja Chris Kiiza said the tourists who will be travelling from Moroto to Kidepo National Game Park will now have a stopover to see the paintings.
Craft Villages across the city remain abandoned with little or no customers at all. They are filled with baskets, mats, fabrics, carvings, shoes, bracelets, beads, earrings, bangles, batiks and paintings, hand made drums, musical instruments, among other items, which used to attract the attention of tourists as they sought souvenirs and gifts upon visiting Uganda.
Bashir Hangi, the Communication Officer of Uganda Wildlife Authority –UWA told URN in an interview that the drivers who knocked the game animals are still at large and are being hunted by the Police and UWA.
According to Nagimesi, the death of Bob Mushikori the II outgoing cultural leader has been an eye-opener. He adds that in the institution’s constitution they had not included the burial grounds where cultural leaders will be buried.
According to Jalon Lakony Opiyo, every time elephants invade the area, each member of the village which has around 2000 households contributes 1000 shillings for the rangers to rescue them and their properties.
Over the last 30 years Uganda has registered an increase in the number of Elephants from 2,000 to 6,000, Giraffes from 350 to 1,600, mountain Gorillas in the three countries from 350 to more than 1,000 and other animals, but these and others compete for land with humans.
In Karamoja, it is believed that Cacabus is the only vegetable that can sustain households throughout the drought period until rains begin in the next year. Furthermore, the heat from the sun aids in drying the vegetable.
Dinavensi Kyomukama narrates that her husband Asaba was arrested on March 10, 2020, from his garden along river Nsongya near Kibale National Park. According to Kyomukama, Asaba was arrested by game rangers who were chasing another person who was collecting firewood from the park.
Ssempebwa says tourism in Ssese is beyond resting on beaches and in hotels, which many people focus on but rather even the undiscovered sites that can make a positive impact if well established. He says they have opened up the museum purposely to allow tourists discover the history of Ssese islands.
Normally, the vessel leaves Kalangala for Entebbe at 8 am and Entebbe for Kalangala at 2 pm making two trips a day. However, now the vessel leaves Kalangala at 7:30 am and arrives at Nakiwogo by 11 am. It docks for 30 minutes while loading for another trip and leaves at 11:30 am and arrives at Lutoboka in Kalangala at 3 pm.
Betty Nachugae, a mother of five admits that no woman in Karamoja can complain of being overloaded with work because they are used to it. "We play our role as our mothers did. In fact, we are used to this although women from other regions keep wondering the way we live," she notes.
According to Hangi, the deceased was ambushed by five armed poachers together with his five colleagues around Kanyantare in Kyenjojo district. The poachers opened fire killing Matsipo before his team also fired back killing one poacher while the rest fled the scene.
While there are persons who engage in poaching and wildlife trade as their main activity, though illegal, the lockdown is said to have forced many others to join the practice for survival as they no longer had access to their jobs.