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UWA Warns Nwoya Over Severing Agreement

Nwoya district has severed the agreement they reached with Uganda Wildlife Authority over Murchison Falls National Park. The decision stems from an alleged disappearance of two residents of Koch-goma Sub-county who went missing from the park two months ago.

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Nwoya district has severed the agreement they reached with Uganda Wildlife Authority over Murchison Falls National Park.

The decision stems from an alleged disappearance of two residents of Koch-goma Sub-county who went missing from the park two months ago.

The two who have since not been seen were in the company of another resident identified as Robert Bodo, who was shot and injured by game rangers from inside Murchison National Game Park.

Patrick Okello Oryema, the Nwoya district local council chairperson, says his council has passed a resolution to sever ties with Uganda Wildlife Authority until they produce the two residents who went missing in the park.

Okello explains that Nwoya district had reached an understanding with Uganda Wildlife Authority where game rangers would socialize freely with the residents.

He says severing the ties means the game rangers now have to stay inside the park and not to cross over to get any form of services from the locals. He says they reached the decision after realizing that UWA valued animals more than human beings.

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But Lillian Nsubuga, the UWA spokesperson, warns that the local leaders of Nwoya have no right to prevent game rangers from coming out of the park. She accuses the leadership of Nwoya of failing to sensitize the locals to avoid poaching in the park.

Nsubuga explains that UWA cannot be answerable for poachers on grounds that they could have been eaten by wild animals.

She warns that severing the agreement endangers the lives of the local communities who have been benefiting by getting water from the park.

 

Statistics from UWA indicate that at least 104 poachers were arrested in the park in the year 2012 alone, of whom 75 were convicted.

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