The Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA) is set to install electric fences in all the National Parks in Uganda aiming at stopping animal – human conflicts.
The first fence is being installed in Kyenzaza 11 village, in Kirugu sub country in Rubirizi district. It’s a 19 km solar powered electric fence.
According to Simplicious Gesa the Public Relations Officer UWA, the electric fencing is more effective than trenches, cages, beehives and planting thorny plants on the bounders of the parks because the animals always manage to make way out of them.
“Electric fencing is one of the permanent ways of protecting wild animals and also boosts the fight against poaching”.
Gesa revealed that 1 billion shillings has been set aside for the project, which however, requires a total of Shs 50 billion shillings.
“Space for Giants, a club with the aim to protect elephants donated 15,000 dollars for the project and we believe more is still coming.”
He noted that their biggest challenge is in Queen Elizabeth National Park which has had many cases of elephant’s invasion of people’s crops.
Early this year the Minister for Tourism Hon Prof Ephraim Kamuntu said that government is committed to maintain good animal human relations and urged the residents to stop poaching.
“The Government of Uganda is determined to do all it takes to protect wild animals however expensive it may be”.
UWA is also doing an assessment to pilot the project in areas of latoro bordering Murchison falls National Park in Got Apwoyo sub country, Nwoya district.