The Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA) has partnered with chiefdoms in Jonam county in Nebbi to fight poaching and bush meat trade in the district. Poaching, UWA said, was threatening wildlife in the Murchison Falls National Park.
The traditional chiefs have vowed to curse the poachers. During the launch of the campaign against the vice in Pakwach town council last week, poachers handed over 15 spears, seven traps and 20 wire snares that they were using to kill wild animals.
Hophly Ongiertho, the Pakwach town council mayor, hailed the partnership between UWA and Jonam chiefdoms in fight bush meat trade, saying poaching and fishing were affecting the quality of education in Jonam. “Most children would rather go poaching or fishing than go to school,” he explained.