UWA to Deploy Heavily in Bokora-Matheniko Game Reserve

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In short
The move is part of UWA efforts to have thousands of Karimojong living in the Bokora-Matheniko game reserve that lies across Karamoja sub region evicted from the area.

Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA) has finalized plans to deploy its force in the Bokora-Matheniko game reserve located in Karamoja to block over 300 families intending to cultivate food this season in the gazetted area.
 
The move is part of UWA efforts to have thousands of Karimojong living in the Bokora-Matheniko game reserve that lies across Karamoja sub region evicted from the area.
 
James Okware, the Senior Game Warden in charge of Karamoja area, says the families have been acting against UWA interests. He goes on to say that for the meantime, only domestic animals will be allowed to graze in the areas without pastoralists to stop them disrupting wild animals.
 
He identifies the most affected districts as Moroto, Kotido and Kaabong, mostly around the new dams of Kobebe, Arecek and Longoromit respectively.
 
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Okware adds that preventing the cultivation will maintain the ecological balance in the game reserve. He says encroachment poses a serious threat to the game reserve.
 
Andrew Lochugae, the LC5 District Councilor Moroto, pleads with UWA to allow the communities cultivate food this season. He says stopping the people from accessing gardens will amount to asking them to commit suicide. He continues to say that thousands of people have been living in these areas for decades.
 
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Dr. John Baptist Looki, the Member of Parliament Matheniko County-Moroto district, appeals to the community to be calm as solution is being sought. He says government is aware of the crisis and working towards food security for the community.

 

About the author

Olandason Wanyama
Olandason Wanyama is the Karamoja region bureau chief. Amudat, Nakapiripirit, Moroto, Abim, Kotido and Kaabong districts fall under his docket. Wanyama has been a URN staff member since 2012.

The former teacher boasts of 20 years journalism experience. Wanyama started out as a freelance writer for the Daily Monitor newspaper in 1991 in Entebbe. Wanyama also wrote for the army publication Tarehe Sita, the Uganda National Roads Authority (UNRA) magazine and The New Vision. While not on the beat, Wanyama taught child soldiers at Uganda Airforce School-Katabi.

Wanyama is very interested in conflict reporting, climate change, education, health and business reporting. He is also an avid photographic chronicler of vanishing tribal life in the East African region.