According to Maj. Terimulungi, the deployment is not only meant to repulse the stray elephants as a way of protecting the most vulnerable citizens from losing their crops, lives and property to wildlife but also to protect and conserve the endangered wildlife.
Uganda People’s Defense Forces (UPDF) personnel have
joined Uganda Wildlife Authority-UWA rangers in Orom Sub County Kitgum district
to wade off stray elephants.
Since June this year, over 100 elephants believed
to have escaped from Kidepo Valley Nation Park has been marauding in Gule,
Lolwa and Lungayura parishes in Orom Sub County, Akurumho parish in Orom
East Sub County and Pugoda parish in Namukora Sub County.
Maj. Flavia Terimulungi, the UPDF 5th Infantry
Division Spokesperson, says that the deployment follows a request by UWA
to the army to boost their manpower to manage the problem animals.
According to Maj. Terimulungi, the
deployment is not only meant to repulse the stray elephants as a way of
protecting the most vulnerable citizens from losing their crops, lives
and property to wildlife but also to protect and
conserve the endangered wildlife.
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The Kidepo Valley National Park Chief
Warden, Samuel Amanya says the deployment of the army will indeed boost the thin
workforce, which isn’t commensurate to counter the number of stray elephants
marauding the area.
According to Amanya, they only have 5 game
rangers and 20 community wildlife scouts in Orom Sub County.
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Amanya recommends exploring long-term plans
of erecting electric fences and digging
trenches around the park as the most appropriate
way to prevent the
stray animals from crossing into people’s land.
Johnson Acellam Toodera, the Orom Sub
County LC III Chairperson, says that the animals have devoured an
immeasurable acreage of crops in over twenty villages in Orom, Orom East,
Kiteny and Namukora sub-counties.
Toodera says their efforts to
manage the problem animals through rangers and community scouts deployed in
mini detaches at Lutooo, Mutot Hills, and Lunganyura have failed to