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.
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.