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EBOLA: KAGADI RESIDENTS WARNED AGAINST EATING WILD ANIMALS

By Chris M Bruno

KAGADI: The executive director Jane Goodall institute James Byamukama has condemned the increasing habit of killing and eating wild animals in Kagadi district.

This comes at a time when residents of Buhumuliro sub-county last week slaughtered a chimpanzee and shared its meat.

Byamukama was speaking during an awareness and sensitization meeting for the district leadership and decision makers on Chimpanzee conservation in Kagadi district held at Emiline Hotel in Kagadi town recently.

Byamukama observed that human beings and wildlife matter a lot and have a big role in protecting the environment.

”We should protect the wildlife, people and wildlife matter a lot and we have the role to protect the environment,” he said.

Sergeant Wilson Amanyire, the Uganda Wildlife Authority {UWA} officer in charge of Muhorro outpost revealed that the habit of killing and eating wild animals has become rampant in Kagadi district.

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”It’s dangerous to kill and eat wild animals. The government is against it since it can cause people to contract deadly diseases like Ebola,” he asserted.

The Resident District Commissioner {RDC} Kagadi Nicholas Kamukama Kaine condemned the act of eating protected species and he appealed to the people to work hard so that they can have  money to buy meat instead of hunting wild animals.

”Don’t hunt the protected species, work hard and raise money to buy meat instead of hunting them,” he said.

However, the councilors accused UWA and the government for what they termed as reluctance in protecting wild species.

They therefore called upon the government to gazette an area that will give a conducive habitat to the wild animals in Kagadi district.

The meeting was attended by among others; the tourism officer Kagadi, district chairperson Yosia Ndibwami, the DISO and Officer in charge Kagadi police station.

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