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NRM CHAIRPERSON AIDS  FIGHT AGAINST STRAY  ANIMALS IN KASESE

By Obed Kithende

KASESE: The NRM Chairperson for Bukonzo County East in Kasese district  Dr Julius Bwambale Monday Rude  has donated a batch of multiple function torches to the residents of Munkunyu sub-county in Kasese district.

Dr Bwambale, who is also the former Parliamentary candidate for the same constituency, handed over the donation to the leaders of the traders and cultivators at their offices in  Katoha trading centre on Sunday evening.

The torches are meant to help the  traders and the  small holder farmers  in the area to scare  away  the elephants at night that frequently  invade  and destroy  their crops and sometimes kill people.

Bwambale was represented by Roset Masika, his technical team’s chairperson who revealed that the donation was a  fulfillment of  the pledge Bwambale made during the campaign in response to the popular request for the torches from  several local leaders and local residents in the area.

Residents suffer frequent invasions  by stray elephants from Queen Elizabeth National Park and they use the torches to drive  them back to the park.

Boniface Kule, a local musician popularly known as Bonex who is also the Publicity Secretary for  Dr Bwambale’s team  says Bwambale is very much concerned about the challenges that hinder the development of the people in the area and he is  committed to addressing them.

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The residents who received the donation hailed Bwambale for the donation describing it  as a blessing that has come at  the time elephant invasions are more frequent.

They added that the torches will go a long way in helping them fight the problem.

However they quickly appealed to Dr Bwambale  to also donate  gumboots to them to ease their work and to lobby  the government to speed up the fencing of queen Elizabeth National park to prevent the wild animals from straying into the community land.

The vice Chairperson Munkunyu sub-county, Enos Bwambale Buyingo  also  commended Dr Bwambale for the donation pledging to ensure it is properly utilized to prevent the  wild animal – human conflicts in the area.

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