Buffalo invades Kabaleega Airport, UWA steps in

Uganda Wildlife Authority drives away a stray buffalo from Kabaleega International Airport construction site.

A buffalo that invaded Kabaleega International Airport in Hoima District on Sunday night has been relocated to Kaiso-Tonya Community Wildlife Area.

Mr Amos Muriisa, the Public Relations Officer (PRO) for SBC – a consortium contracted to construct Kabaleega International Airport has said that the buffalo was relocated by the Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA) at around 11am on Monday.

“It was found inside the area fenced off for the airport. It was sighted by workers early morning in the vegetated areas away from the runway and other developed parts of the infrastructure. We hope it entered at night,” he said.

The PRO added that the buffalo did not disrupt their operations though they cautioned their workers against approaching the buffalo until UWA officials arrived.

It was their first buffalo invasion experience at that site located in Kabaale sub-county, Hoima district.

“As it is our culture, we don’t harm or frighten any wildlife seen in our area of operation. We called UWA who responded timely and relocated it safely,” he added.

Mr Muriisa suspects the buffalo entered the area through an open fence area for water source constructions underway.

The airport sits on a 29-square-kilometre piece of land acquired by the government for the construction of the oil refinery which is one of the key infrastructures for Uganda’s oil industry.

Mr George Busiinge, the Warden In-charge of Kabwoya Wildlife Reserve and Kaiso Community Wildlife Reserve Area, said that they scare-shot to relocate the buffalo to Kaiso-Tonya Community Wildlife Area from where it is most believed to have come.

He added that apart from that female adult buffalo, UWA also relocated a python from the same airport areas.

The warden noted that increased human settlements and public infrastructural developments between the wildlife reserves and Bugoma forest are partly responsible for the meandering of wildlife as they try to connect through their traditional movement corridors.

Aside from the buffalo, local leaders in Nyairongo village of the nigbouring Kabwoya sub-county in Kikuube district have also reported an invasion of chimpanzees that have destroyed beehives since last week.

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