National
Shoot armed poachers, says Museveni
Publish Date: Mar 02, 2014
Shoot armed poachers, says Museveni
President Museveni poses for a group photo with UWA officials at Kidepo Valley National Park. PHOTO/PPU
  • mail
  • img
newvision

SUNDAY VISION

By Vision Reporter

President Yoweri Museveni has directed border security along Kidepo National Park in north eastern Uganda to shoot armed poachers.

“Those with guns who cross to disturb, you should shoot them. You are accusing the army of not doing their work,” he said.

The President pointed out that one of the reasons the disarmament exercise was successful was because the Government pledged to the Karimojong that if they handed over their guns to the army, it would protect them.

“Some people said ‘if you disarm the Karimojong only, the Turkana will disturb them’. There are guns in the Democratic Republic of Congo, but they do not cross to Kasese; if they do, we shoot those who carry them.

“There are guns in South Sudan now, but have you heard that they have crossed to Koboko? This is our house. My responsibility is to protect Ugandans,” he said.

The President was responding to reports that pockets of armed poachers – the Tipeth from South Sudan and Turkana from Kenya – keep crossing into the parks to kill animals, destroy crops and, sometimes, kill people.

Museveni was speaking during celebrations to mark 50 years of Kidepo Valley National Park at Napore Open Grounds, Apoka Village in Dodoth West Constituency, Kaabong District.

The President unveiled the tagline for Kidepo — “A true African wilderness.”

He cautioned against using park land for cultivation, saying tourism earns the country more income than agriculture.

Museveni said while coffee earns the country about sh400m annually, tourism fetches sh1.3b and over 1.4 million tourists arrive in the country annually compared to 200,000 in 1986.

The President said he was happy that the NRM Government and the UPDF stopped poaching in the national parks, leading to their rejuvenation.

He urged the communities to use the revenues they get from the parks to invest in decent accommodation for the tourists, grow crops in the communities to feed themselves and engage in artisanship to promote crafts as souvenirs.

The statements, comments, or opinions expressed through the use of New Vision Online are those of their respective authors, who are solely responsible for them, and do not necessarily represent the views held by the staff and management of New Vision Online.

New Vision Online reserves the right to moderate, publish or delete a post without warning or consultation with the author.Find out why we moderate comments. For any questions please contact digital@newvision.co.ug

  • mail
  • img
blog comments powered by Disqus
Also In This Section
Police officer, two others shot dead in robbery
A police escort and two employees of Bidco Company were on Friday shot dead by unknown gun men who fled with an unspecified amount of money....
Musician Harriet Kisakye passes on
Local musician Harriet Kisakye dies at International Hospital Kampala (IHK) in Kisugu, Namuwongo after suffering an illness....
South Sudan opposition leader kept under
A South Sudanese opposition leader who has spoken out against both sides in the civil war said Saturday he was spending a second day under house arrest without any explanation from the government....
Ambassador Marcel R. Tibaleka appointed to five new places
Uganda''s ambassador to Germany and the Vatican, Ambassador Marcel R. Tibaleka, has been accredited to five more territories....
Tensions as Nkurunziza launches contested re-election bid
Burundi's president was Saturday set to declare his controversial bid for re-election during a ruling party congress taking place amid tight security and mounting tensions....
UN’s Kutesa holds talks with Uganda, Egypt and Somalia
The President of the General Assembly (PGA) Sam Kahamba Kutesa has met and had talks with ministers from Uganda, Egypt and Somalia in New York....
Do you support KCCA'S move to return city communter buses?
Yes
No
Can't Say
follow us
subscribe to our news letter