Shoot Armed Poachers-Museveni

viagra 60mg sans-serif; color: #333333;”>“Those with guns who cross to disturb…you should shoot them. You are accusing the army of not doing their work. There is some sleeping here in the army…they should shoot those fellows. If I get this report, information pills I will come and camp here and see who crosses here, advice ” he said.

According to Rose Namayanja, the Minister of Information and National Guidance, the President said one of the reasons the disarmament exercise was successful was because government pledged to the Karimojong that if they handed over their guns to the army, the army would protect them.

“Some people said if you disarm the Karimojong only the Turkana would disturb them. There are guns in the Democratic Republic of Congo but they don’t come to Kasese, if they do we shoot them. There are guns in South Sudan now but have you heard that they have crossed to Koboko? This is our house.”

“Those other countries should disarm their own people…we don’t control the whole world, my responsibility is to protect Ugandans. Those people should know that that this is somebody’s home, if you don’t tell them, I will tell them. You don’t just go to somebody’s home without telling them,” he noted.


The President was responding to reports that pockets of armed poachers…the Tipeth from South Sudan and Turkana from Kenya keeping crossing into the parks to kill animals, destroy crops and sometimes live several people dead.

The President was speaking during celebrations to mark 50 years of Kidepo Valley National Park at Napore open grounds, Apoka Village in Dodoth West Constituency in Kaabong District.

The President initially unveiled a new park brand for Kidepo, A true African wilderness and later toured a former armoury.

Using a rich Africa proverb meaning `the one who leads you at night is thanked in the morning when you have arrived at your destination’, the President hailed the Karimojong for heeding government advise to disarm arguing that guns belong to the barracks, and that he was happy they were removed and life is much better in the region.

The President cautioned against using park land for cultivation saying tourism earns the country more income than agriculture, adding however that while produce like coffee is good with the crop bring in about $400m annually, tourism fetched three times more in the same period with $1.3bn and over $1.4m tourist arriving in the country annually compared to 200,000 in 1986.

The President said he was happy that the NRM government and the UPDF stopped poaching in the national parks leading to their rejuvenation and urged the communities to use the revenues they get from the parks to invest in decent accommodation for the tourists, grow crops in the communities to feed them and also engage in artisanship to promote crafts as souvenirs.

The President who witnessed UWA hand out millions of shillings in shared revenue with communities neighbouring parks, said tourism should be linked with agriculture were communities supply food and accommodation for sustainability.

He said peace in Karamoja will be consolidated alongside infrastructure development such as roads, electricity and expansion of small water dams.

He said he would work with the Ministry of works and transport to ensure that the road linking Kaabong to South Sudan is reopened and worked on to ease cross border business.

He thanked the Karimonjong for supporting government’s conservation efforts and said he would solve the problem of marginalization of the Iki tribe which was once threatened with extinction.

The Executive director UWA, Dr. Seguya, said the disarmament plans has seen the return of sanity in the area and enabled management to minimise poaching, encroachment and also stimulated visitor numbers.

He handed over cheques to various communities as part of the 20 percent park entrance fee to local governments and communities surrounding the parks for economic development.

The Minister of State for Tourism, Agnes Akiror, later honoured and recognized people and staff that are part of the history of Kidepo through the 50 years including those who sacrificed their lives for the cause.

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