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Kasese Farmers Demand Compensation for Destroyed Crops

According to the Act, compensation will be given to a person who suffers bodily injury or is killed or suffers damage of his or her property by wild animals.
destructions caused by the elephants

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Communities neighbouring Queen Elizabeth National Park are demanding for compensation their property damaged by wild animals.

Last year, President Museveni assented to the Wildlife Act 2019. According to the Act, compensation will be given to a person who suffers bodily injury or is killed or suffers damage of his or her property by wild animals. This will be effected when the person’s legal representative submits a claim to the wildlife compensation verification committee.

The committee shall verify a claim and submit it to the board together with its recommendation.

Hakim Kimbogwe, the Rutooke Farmers’ Cooperative chairperson who lost over 10 acres of maize to elephants last season says the animals have destructed many farmlands affecting their income.

Kimbogwe wants UWA and government to expedite compensation.

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Jackson Bwabasaija, a resident of Rutooke village indicates that failure by government to fully operationalize the law means, it has less commitment to compensate persons that are affected by the wildlife animals.  

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John Kyaligonza, whose tomato garden was destroyed, argues that UWA has been slow to push for implementation of the new law. 

Kate Nanyonjo Kate a mother of five says that she is worried on how she will pay back her loan after her 2-acres of cotton in Rutooke were destroyed by elephants last month.

She notes that with no form of compensation, she will be forced to sell off some her household items to clear the debt.  

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Patrick Bushendunchi, a lawyer working with Queen Elizabeth National Park says that the Minister of Tourism and the UWA board have not yet come out with the regulations to guide on compensation.

Bushendunchi says the compensation clause requires the presence of the wildlife verification committee which has not been in place at the moment.  

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Pontious Nzuma, the Chief Warden Queen Elizabeth National Park, says that they are erecting an electric fencing project across the national park.  The fencing will run nearly 21km from Kasese to Kikorongo.

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