Conservationists have said that the nests and nestling of Marabou
storks and cattle egrets at Parliament should not be removed.
The Marabou Stork, one of the biggest and most fascinating birds
found in Africa feast on carcasses and scraps of dead animals.
Last month, the Minister for Mineral development Sarah Opendi called
on the Parliamentary Commission to get rid of the birds around the
precincts of Parliament saying they pause a health threat and the stench was
Last week, Uganda Wildlife Authority department in charge of
problem wildlife said that they plan to remove the nests from the trees in
Parliament and relocate the nestlings as a means to irritate the birds from
continuing to settle in Parliament.
Conservationists have now asked Kampala Capital City Authority-KCCA
and Members of Parliament to first address the problem of garbage and pollution
instead of the removing the storks.
Martin Asiimwe, a biodiversity expert with World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF)
said that the slaughter houses, poor garbage disposal are the main reasons why
the marabou storks surround offices and places around Kampala.
He said the best proposal is to have slaughter houses in the
centre of Kampala moved, as the scavengers prefer to stay where the food is.
Asiimwe also says that another method is to pollard trees, which is a pruning
system in which the upper branches of a tree is removed to encourage new
growth. He says this however needs to be done earlier before the birds settle.
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Jonathan Onango, a Program Assistant with Nature Uganda says that
the population of the marabou storks have increased due to the availability of
Onango says originally the birds like marabou storks settled near
landing sites where they would get food, however the cutting down of trees and availability of food is a factor that
will congregate them.
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There are an estimated 10,000 marabou storks in Kampala alone and
are instrumental in reducing on the accumulation of offensive garbage that has
remained a challenge for the city authorities to solve.
According to statistics from KCCA, closed to 28,000 tons of waste
is collected monthly. This is only 40% of the waste generated.