UWA has embarked on a 10 day technical training for 209 Uganda Revenue Authority (URA) front desk Customs Officials in operational areas of Malaba, Busia and Entebbe Airport. The customs officials are being trained on necessary skills to identify wild fauna and genuine wildlife permits, understanding operational procedures for activities to curb illegal trade and develop an effective system of case referrals.
A total of 43 baby pythons aged just about three weeks were rescued from a village Mbizzi NNya in Mpigi District about 50kms from Kampala.
The UWA problem animal team was tipped off by a report on a local television, which alleged that the pythons were construed to be evil spirits by the community members. However, this is a normal ecological phenomenon which should not be spiritualized.
Life gradually returns to normal after the Ntungwa -Ishasha Bridge at the Rukungiri- Kanungu district borderline was re-opened by the Kanungu RDC for traffic Canon Benon Bwagi Ruronga. A heavy truck loaded with cement enroute to DR Congo had earlier collapsed the weak bridge bringing the entire channel down into the river. The broken bridge had rendered the road impassable for about two months bringing activities on this busy route to an abrupt halt. Traffic had been diverted to a much further and hard to reach Kihihi- Nyamirama road via the Kigezi wildlife reserve to Katunguru which was a huge burden for tourists travel.