The two bodies are locked up in a dispute over ownership of over 10 acres of land where the site for Karenga district headquarters is situated. UWA claims the land hosting the headquarters that are still under construction is a gazzeted area and part of Kidepo National Game Park. Late last year, UWA asked the district authorities to halt construction and demolish the structures but the district has remained adamant saying the land for district headquarters at Nakidiir, in Kidepo Parish belongs to the community.
The move follows a plea by State Minister for Mineral Development Sarah Opendi earlier in September, to the Parliamentary Commission to get rid of Marabou storks around the precincts of Parliament saying they pause a health threat to the MPs.
“Even someone who had planned to come say in November it might be very hard to do so because their economies have been largely affected. What this means is that things of tourism become secondary to them. The priority shifts to survival other than leisure,” Hangi said.
Pontious Nzuma, the Chief Warden Queen Elizabeth National Park, says they are set to continue with the work in a few days’ time. He says some sections will be erected to cross rivers and landscapes characterised by hard underlying rocks.
John Magunda, a fisherman in Buwooya sub county notes that the crocodiles hide under stones during the evening hours and often attack them forcing them to abandon their boats. He says the crocodiles do not only scare them from accessing the lake, but they also destroy their fishing nets.
Now, a security guard at the construction site says unidentified people carried the iron bars from the site on Monday and took them to Adjumani district. He explains that the men who were backed by armed personnel vowed to collect the remaining material and transfer it to Adjumani district.
Uganda Wildlife Authority on December 15, embarked on the eviction of over 780 people from 60 square km of Moru Alokwangat game reserve which straddles Abim, Kotido and Napak districts. The encroachers are reportedly from neighbouring Teso districts.
Wilson Acuma, the leader of Apaa residents, says the suspects were arrested by officers from Adjumani central prison and taken to Openjinji prisons without recording statements. Anthony Akol, the Kilak South MP has promised to raise the matter with the judiciary, top UWA and Police officials to expose how their personnel are conducting their duties.
The Kitagwenda LC V chairman, Robert Mugabe, says the quarry is in Kanara Sub County and all royalties should be channeled to his district. Mugabe alleges that in 2015, Kamwenge bribed surveyors to produce a report in their favor, something he says Kitagwenda is ready to challenge at all costs.
Fred Muywa, the chairman LCI Loch-Kapkusawar village said that a few days ago, the Buffaloes also invaded the village and ate goats. He wants UWA to intervene in the matter to save people’s source of livelihood.
Last week, a team of Mbale district officials led by the LC V Chairperson, Bernard Ely Mujasi, the Mbale District Council Speaker, Muhammad Mafabi and sub county LC III Chairpersons among others mobilized residents to demonstrate against the ongoing boundary demarcation in Bubyangu, Wanale, Busano and the neighboring sub counties.