Uganda Wildlife Authority-UWA has slashed crops belonging to over 500 residents in three villages in Masaba Sub County in Sironko district for alleged encroachment on Mount Elgon national park land. The affected residents are from Kusi, Ngagai, and Malara villages in Bufupa parish in Masaba Sub County.
Patrick Wabugoya, the LC III chairperson of Masaba Sub County the affected crops including carrots, cabbage, Irish potatoes, maize, and onions among others are worth hundreds of millions of Shillings.
He condemned UWA for slashing the crops, saying that he is going to mobilize the affected people to sue the government for malicious damage.
Masaba Sub County LC V Councilor, Deo Nabugodi, says that in March this year people neighboring Mt Elgon national park and their area local leaders had a meeting with UWA officials where it was resolved that residents replant trees in the areas.