Tuesday March 11 2014

Fence off Lake Mburo National Park - residents


Communities around Lake Mburo National Park have urged the government to fence off the area in order to stop wild animals from destroying their farm lands and killing domestic animals. As part of the effort to save residents from attacks by wild animals, Kiruhura District council has formed a 10-man wildlife committee chaired by Mr Ben Kavuuya that will be advising Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA) on the management of wild animals in the area. The committee will be submitting annual reports to the UWA board.

Kiruhura LC5 chairman Sam Katugunda said at the commissioning of the committee in Sanga Town Council on Friday that while it is a privilege to have wild animals in the district, the animals have hindered farming and no lasting solution has been got.

Mr Katugunda said residents, however, benefit as they do not have to travel far like tourists do and the park generates money that benefits the public.
The district receives about Shs125 million every financial year as part of the revenue sharing from the park. Authorities say wild animals invade farms and compete for pasture and water with domestic animals.

They also eat goats, cows and food and cash crops. Wild animals carry disease and disease causing organisms, especially Foot and Mouth Disease and ticks that cause East Coast Fever, which are rampant in the sub counties neighbouring the park.

Lake Mburo Conservation Area manager Innocent Tusubira said while fencing can be a solution, it requires Shs70 billion to fence only the side of the park bordering Kiruhura. The park also borders Rakai, Isingiro and Mbarara districts.