This is the market for poachers,” said Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA) executive director Dr. Andrew Seguya.
Travelers to northern Uganda have a must “health break” in Kafu where the Gulu/Kampala highway branches off to Masindi.
Depending on one’s purchasing power, travelers are known to munch five to ten sticks of meat during the five to thirty minutes stop. Others prefer tubers.
“I love the cassava which is as white as milk and softer than a loaf of bread,” confided Robin Russo a Netherlands student of journalism doing her internship at one of the local TV stations.
“Before sampling Kafu portions, my favorite dish was Rolex. All this has changed following my tasting of the tuber. I wish they make a cassava Rolex.”
Various items are on sale at Kafu including smoked fish, milk, fresh cassava stems and ghee. Since the outbreak of war in South Sudan the prices of commodities have dropped.
“I come here during the holidays,” confides John Kintu 17. “I also do some photography. When I am not selling roasted cassava, soft drinks and ghee, I take photos when people are; wedding, baptizing or celebrating the birth of twins. I am here during the holidays only.”
On a recent trip to Kidepo Valley National Park, a Bodaboda rider rode with a cow on his bodaboda. This was after UWA accused the roadside vendors of roasting baboons, other wild game and dead livestock to unsuspecting travelers.
“This is the market for poachers,” said Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA) executive director Dr. Andrew Seguya. “We have reason to suspect baboons are part of the menu sold here. It is a common occurrence to arrest wild game meat dealers in Kampala and its neighborhoods.”