Residents neighbouring Queen Elizabeth National Park in Kasese District are asking Uganda Wildlife Authority- UWA to extend wildlife information to rural areas.
They argue that they don’t see the relevance of this information being pinned in towns yet the key target group stays in the villages. UWA has erected billboards in Kasese town to raise awareness of wildlife offences and the new penalties.
But Geoffrey Asiimwe Kamuhanda a resident of Kahendero landing site says they had a community engagement with UWA in 2019 and asked for public information on new laws and issues to do with human and wildlife conflicts. In 2019, President Museveni assented to the Uganda Wildlife Act.
The act seeks to among others, provide compensation for loss occasioned by animals escaping from wildlife protected areas.
The law also provides for offences relating to protected species such as Uganda Kob, leopard, Squirrel, Impala and Cheetah among others.