Josephine Naiga, a resident of Kikoba village in Nakitoma, says that she has been grazing and watering about 40 cows in the sanctuary. She says that since Nakasongola is a dry area, the availability of free pasture and water for their animals was a great relief to pastoralists.
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.
Kyomugisha says the project has changed the lives of Rubirizi residents as they are now able to pay fees for their children in private schools and universities. She says that they have also constructed social amenities such as health facilities, energy stoves and a hotel, which has brought windfall profits that they only dreamt of in the past.
The proposed 40-kilometre road from Kisoro to Kanungu is expected to ease access to tourist attractions in the Bwindi Forest and Mgahinga Park tourism value chain. The new road will replace the existing murram road which had become impassable, especially during the rainy seasons, yet it had no safety signage.
The accused, Captain Peter Mweebwe is who works in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park reportedly shot his nephew after he accused him of allegedly taking cow dung from his kraal to use it as manure in his plantation without his consent.
Anaka Town Council Chairperson Denis Okema says that the two were poaching wildlife in the park on Thursday afternoon when Omara missed his target, a wild animal and accidentally speared Olyel. Okema told Police that Omara handed himself to the Local Council leaders of Olony village after the incident.