Bashir Hangi, the UWA Communications Manager confirmed Opiyo’s death to Uganda Radio Network in an interview. He said the deceased became dizzy after successfully completing the 5 Km race and was rushed to Gulu Regional Referral Hospital where he died later.
Brutal skirmishes over the land however intensified in October 2017, after the then Local Government Minister Tom Butime, annexed the land from Pabbo Sub-county in Amuru District and officially handed it to Adjumani District Local government.
More than 200 acres of maize, groundnuts, finger millets, soya beans, sunflower, and potato gardens have already been destroyed by the wild animals in the villages of Lotor, Wipol, Akadojwat, Lamingonen, Umgot, Tikao, and Toboi in Gule Parish.
The Community Liaison Officer of UWA under Elgon Region, Jimmy Tinkansimire confirmed the decision when the team visited the home of the deceased on Tuesday to commiserate with the family. The team met the family of the deceased and the leadership of Okile sub county and of Kaberamaido district.
Paul Ewoyu, the Aperikira sub-county LC III chairperson, says that the deceased made one alarm after the attack before the crocodile dragged him into the water. He says that some residents are forced into such risky fishing methods due to the biting hunger that has already hit several families resulting from the prolonged dry spell.
According to conservationists, several snake farms in West, East and South Africa are infested with bacteria, and people who are licensed to keep wild animals as pets don't also provide appropriate diets. This is partly because of limited knowledge about how these animals feed.
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.
Some of the requirements for one to open a snake farm include getting approval from their neighbors, having not less than two acres of land and ability to pay an annual fee that is yet to be set. Besides conservation of species that face extinction, the most compelling justification for snake farming is milking them for venom.
The Apaa Bridge connects major roads that link Pabbo Sub-County to River Nile landing site; Puno-Dyang, Acholiber, Amuru Town Council, Layima, Pailyec in Amuru and neighboring Opuwa and Itirikwa Sub-Counties in Adjumani.
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.
Last year in October, Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA) announced that it would install 30 Kilometers of low voltage electric fencing in major human-wildlife conflict hotspots in Murchison Falls National Park. Each Kilometre will cost 50 Million shillings.
Reports obtained by Uganda Radio Network-URN obtained indicates that between July and August, a total of 301 tourists visited Kidepo National Park shortly after lockdown measures were lifted by government. In July in particular, there were 88 visitors while 213 tourists visited the National Park in August according to the reports.
Silvesto Asia Ali, one of the affected Farmers says he lost two hectares of Pumpkins to the stray elephants that invaded his farmland on Monday night.
Some six elephants that reportedly strayed from Kidepo Valley National Park into community farmlands have been terrorizing farming communities in Luyita and Lujim parishes of Omiya Pachwa Sub county.
The four, suspected to have poached from Katonga Wildlife Reserve have been identified as Bishonga John Bosco, Mutungi Benjamin, Akili Felix, and Alibariho Godwin. They were arrested from Buhembe Village, in Burunga Sub-county.