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Buliisa Residents Want Electric Fence Around Murchison Falls National Park

The residents say they are being raided by wild animals like elephants and Buffalos which destroy their crops and cause injuries to the community members. The most affected sub-counties include Biiso, Buliisa, Butiaba, Ngwedu, and Buliisa town councils, which all share a common border with the parks.

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Residents and leaders in Buliisa want the government to immediately erect an electric fence around Murchison Falls National Park and Bugungu Wildlife Conservation Area in order to minimize human-wildlife conflicts in the area.   

The residents say they are being raided by wild animals like elephants and Buffalos which destroy their crops and cause injuries to the community members. The most affected sub-counties include Biiso, Buliisa, Butiaba, Ngwedu, and Buliisa town councils, which all share a common border with the parks.

In these areas, several hectares of crop gardens have been destroyed by wild animals over the years, and residents fear that apart from the destruction of crops and property, the animals are a threat to human life. Moses Agaba, a resident of Butiaba Landing Site says that several people have already been attacked and killed while others have been injured by the wild animals.

District records show that six people have been killed by stray animals in the district over the last one year, a problem that Jackeline Nyakindwa, a resident of Buliisa says can only be solved by erecting an electric fence to stop animals from straying into neighbouring communities.  

However, Buliisa District Chairperson Fred Lukumu says that they have severally written to the government about the wild animal invasion in the communities but got no positive response.

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Allan Atugonza, the Buliisa county member of parliament says he raised the matter severally before the floor of parliament but the government seems not bothered. He says the only solution to the attacks by the animals is for government to erect an electric fence.

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Buliisa Woman member of parliament Norah Bigirwa equally says the problem is out of hand tasking the government to look for a lasting solution in order to minimize human-wildlife conflicts in the district. 

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Bashir Hangi, the Uganda wildlife Authority-UWA spokesperson asked the affected communities to always alert UWA officials in the area in time whenever the animals stray into their gardens for immediate action to be taken.    

In 2018, the government through Uganda Wildlife Authority- UWA said it would erect an electric fence around all national parks across the country and the program would kick off in the financial year 2019/2020.

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