Tourism officials size up capture of man-eating crocodile at Lake Victoria


The Minister for Tourism Wildlife and Antiquities, Hon. Ephraim Kamuntu; Director of Conservation, Mr. John Makombo; and Mr. Stephen Masaba, Director of Tourism and Business Development, together with the Problem Animal Capture Team from the Uganda Wildlife Authority flagged off the relocation for a man-eating crocodile to Murchison falls National Park, reported Bashir Hangi, the Authority’s Communication’s Manager in a statement to industry stakeholders.

Residents of a tiny hamlet on the shores of Lake Victoria can now breathe a sigh of relief, at least for now, after the Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA) on the night of Tuesday, August 28, captured one of the crocodiles which has reportedly been tormenting residents at Kamwango landing site in Namayingo district as they go about their daily chores to fetch water.

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Prof. Kamuntu said that this is a continuing effort of saving communities from deadly crocodiles which so far has 124 being captured. He observed that coexistence of humans and wildlife is possible, and measures will be put in place to strengthen this coexistence. He pointed out that some of the interventions include putting in place water pipes and construction of cages. He encouraged the private sector to invest in crocodile farming.

Traversing 3 East African countries, Lake Victoria is the largest tropical lake in the world, covering 68,000 sq. km. It is a source of livelihood within the region and of strategic importance as the source of the river Nile.