Bududa farmers wail after UWA slashed their crops
Written by David Gwenyemera on June 13, 2021
Farmers in Bududa district are rubbing tearful eyes after Uganda Wildlife Authority – UWA rangers slashed down their crops.
The rangers destroyed these crops yesterday (Saturday) claiming that they were planted inside Mt. Elgon National Park.
The most affected parishes include Kasuuni and Nametsi in Bukalasi and Bundesi Sub Counties respectively, where crops like Irish potatoes, onions, beans, Maize, among others were slashed down.
Francis Napoli the local council three Chairperson Bundesi Sub County blamed UWA officials for not sensitizing his community members on the boundary demarcation of the park.
According to Napoli, the boundary cannot be interpreted easily thereby requesting parliament to expedite the report about 2017/2018 boundary demarcation.
Fredrick Kiiza the Chief Warden of Mount Elgon National Park says that they have to protect and preserve the park from encroachers, adding that whoever enters the park is considered an encroacher because the park is strictly for those crops which are wild and indigenous.