Local leaders say this is breeding conflict between the two groups that could spiral out of hand if no immediate intervention is made. Julius Masereka is one of the affected farmers in Nyakatonzi, saying the attack on their gardens is nearly forcing them to halt crop cultivation.
persistent animal raids on crop gardens in Nyakatonzi and Nyakiyumbu Sub
counties in Kasese district has raised concern among farmers and local leaders.
The area is predominantly shared between Basongora pastoralists and Bakonzo
Cows and elephants have continuously invaded gardens in Nyakatonzi,
Bwanika, kagongo, Katolho and Rwahingo villages raising fears of food
insecurity among households. The farmers also claim that stray
animals from Queen Elizabeth National Park and cows of the pastoralists raid
Local leaders say this is breeding conflict between the two
groups that could spiral out of hand if no immediate intervention is made. Julius
Masereka is one of the affected farmers in Nyakatonzi, saying the attack on
their gardens is nearly forcing them to halt crop cultivation. He accuses
pastoralists of attempting to beat some of the farmers who question the animal
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James Kasongora who has been in the farming business for the last 27 years says
she is losing morale in farming because of the persistent animal raids on her
gardens. She says the family is now threatened by famine because cows destroyed
their sweet potato and bean gardens last month.
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Peter Kakule, another farmer says elephants coming from as far as Virunga national
park have been crossing into queen Elizabeth national park and eventually into
He observes the need to extend electric fencing in their area and asks the government
to expedite the activation of the new UWA act.
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Eric Kisembo, the Bwanika LC one Chairperson says in Bwanika and Kakonge
villages alone, over 300 acres of simsim, groundnuts and Maize have been
destroyed by animals.
He says farmers in the area invest loans in
their agriculture, arguing such invasions are a serious economic threat.
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Natuhamya Ham, the Nyakatonzi Sub-county councillor says that they have already
identified some individuals and are working closely with the police so that
they can be apprehended.
He says tension could spark a bloody conflict if
no immediate interventions are made.
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Patrick Byabasaija says that they have constituted a local committee to follow
up on pastoralists that are letting their animals enter people’s gardens. This committee will forward the culprits to the police for legal action.
Peter Sunday Kakule, the LC 3 Chairperson of Nyakiyumbu sub-county, says
that the area faces the threat of food insecurity. He adds that leaders
are worried about the counter-accusations between the two groups that could
escalate into attacks.
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The Rwenzori East police spokesperson, Nelson Tumushiime, says that they
are aware of the concerns, adding that police is liaising with local
leaders to take action.