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Kaabong District Chair Seeks Support to Tame Tsetse Flies

The district has been infested by Tsetse flies, the vectors that cause Nagana disease in livestock, the main stay of the Dodoth people of Napak, a part of the Karimojong stock. Tsetse flies also cause sleeping sickness in humans.
Mark Abuku

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Kaabong District Chairman Mark Abuku is appealing for urgent help to combat fast spreading tsetse flies in the region.  According to Abuku, half of the district is under intense tsetse flies attacks, due to proximity with Kidepo National Park.

Kaabong is the furthest district in northeastern Uganda, in the triangle that has Kenya and South Sudan.

However, the district has been infested by Tsetse flies, the vectors that cause Nagana disease in livestock, the main stay of the Dodoth people of Napak, a part of the Karimojong stock. Tsetse flies also cause sleeping sickness in humans.

According to the Kaabong Chair, peace and improved conservation efforts have increased wildlife population in Kidepo national park and they are outpouring in areas populated by humans.

Abuku says in addition to spreading tsetse flies, the wild animals are also conflicting with humans, killing some and destroying property. He also decries the lack of compensation for lost lives and property.

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Abuku says since livestock, threatened by tsetse flies, is a key livelihood of the people, there is an urgent need for a strong government intervention, especially with essential animal medicines.

Uganda Radio Network reporter on the ground was able to see large herds of cattle, goats and sheep, whose increase is being attributed to peace in the area as well as boxes of animal drugs being transported to affected areas. 

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