UWA has pledged “total commitment in the execution of the resolutions”.
By Regina Lalam Olal
Agago – 28, October 2021: Local leaders consisting of LC3 chairpersons LC3 and sub-county chiefs from the eight sub counties in Agago district have demanded for a clear compensation details from the Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA).
The locals bordering Kidepo National Game Park through their leaders want government (UWA) to come out with what they are calling “clear compensation payment rates” for those counting loses as a result of wildlife invasion.
James Opira is the LC3 chairman Omiya Pacwa sub county. He expressed his concern about the unclear compensation guidelines by the government.
Parliament has since agreed that compensation for the loss caused by wild animals be made.
He now wonders the “methods of measurement for paying the affected societies when time for compensation comes.”
Adilang sub county LC3 chairperson Emmanuel Okwir reported that there was a meeting held between local leaders of the affected eight sub counties bordering the game park and UWA officials on 18 October 2021 to discuss “ways forward”.
The meeting further discussed hectares of crop gardens destroyed and people killed by the wild animals.
Okwir further reported that over 100 hectares of crop gardens are destroyed in the three parishes of Nam, Lapyem and Lagwa in Adilang sub county.
The destruction happened in a period of two rainy seasons, he revealed.
Akello Beatrice Akori, the Agago district Woman MP has expressed her concern on the continued destruction of crops and loss of lives in the hands of wind animals.
“There is a need for total cooperation and policy review on wildlife management in Uganda so that the population living near Game Park are protected,” she said.
UWA has resolved to carryout spot hunting from the month of October (ongoing) to May 2022 so that wild animals are taken back to the park.
Gertrude Kirabo, the acting chief warden at Kidepo National Game Park promised “total commitment in the execution of the resolution”.