The Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA) has started installing electric
fences around Murchison Falls National Park in a bid to stop animals from
straying into neighbouring communities.
The exercise kicked off over the weekend from Pabit parish in Purongo Sub
County Nwoya district with digging of trenches around the park.
Hanji Bashir, the Communications Manager of UWA, says that the exercise will
later be followed by installation of poles, low voltage electric wires and
building a powerhouse.
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He said that UWA in the first phase will erect the electric wires at a
20-kilometres range in the areas affected most by wildlife invasion.
Bashir, however, did not disclose how long the exercise will take but said that
it is part of the 30-kilometres that will be installed around the park.
The electric fence will be used to block elephants from accessing the
communities. Bashir told URN that the each kilometre will cost 50 million
He explained that the method will be integrated with others such as beehives,
chilli growing and community scouts as well as de-silting trenches.
Ben Okot, the Purongo Sub County LC3 Chairperson says that the initiative will
save his farming community from invasion of marauding elephants that have
destroyed thousand acres of crop gardens over the years.
Patrick Okello Oryema, the Nwoya LCV Chairperson noted that the most affected
by marauding elephants include Agung in Anaka Sub County, Pabit in Purongo Sub
County, Lii, Alero and Koch Goma Sub Counties.
Farmers in Nwoya last year reported that over 1,000 acres of crop gardens were
destroyed by marauding elephants.
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