A total of 3,288 people in Kween District have been thrown out of Pian-Upe Game Reserve. The eviction comes barely a month after the army, police and the district leadership resolved to co-operate with the Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA) to ensure all encroachers living in Kakumai, Korosi, Shaki and Napukoto villages between River Girik and River Lolocho area vacate the game reserve to conserve the wildlife.
Destroyed environmentAddressing the visiting UWA board on Wednesday, the Mt Elgon conservation area manager, Dr Adonia Bintorwa, said early this year about 3,000 people entered Pien-Upe game reserve and started settling and farming on 1,000 hectares of land.
The encroachers have cut down trees for farming and construction of houses, thus disrupting wildlife in the game reserve.
SOURCE: Daily Monitor