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Stray elephants kill expectant mother, injure pupil in Oyam

Elephants in Murchison Falls national park

Elephants in Murchison Falls national park

Stray elephants from Murchison Falls national park have killed an expectant mother in Oyam district. 

The 33-year-old Dorcus Awino, a resident of Onea A village in Norah trading centre in Kamdini sub county met her death on Sunday night. The deceased’s husband, Moses Ogwok, says his wife who was six months pregnant was on her way to the trading center when she was killed by the stray elephants. 

He described Awino’s death as tragic to the family. Police have handed over Awino’s death to the family for burial following postmortem at Anyeke health centre IV. Victor Saasi Kule, the Oyam district police commander says the stray elephants numbering about six invaded Aber and Kamdini sub counties on Saturday night.  

Kule says the elephants also injured Denis Oryang, a primary five pupil of Aber P.7 school in Aber sub county. He says a team of game rangers from the game park have since managed to push the animals from the area. 

Maxwell Olweny, the Aber sub county LC III chairperson, says elephant attacks are common in the area. He asks government to consider erecting a barrier to protect residents living next to the park. According to Olweny, just last month, more than 40 stray elephants raided the area and left a trail of destruction.

Jillian Akullo, the Oyam resident district commissioner, urges residents to remain vigilant, saying many elephants are believed to have escaped from the park due to the prolonged dry season. Towards the end of 2018, one person was killed by stray elephants from the same park. 

Comments

+1 #1 rubangakene 2019-04-15 22:38
We have told this government many times to put electric fence to deter elephants and wild animals from harming natives near parks to no avail.

This is a not a very expensive investment. Instead we see vain projects around parks to improve tourism, projects that doesn't profit the people near parks except tourists and their dollars.

If this goes on, these natives will take matters into their own hands to protect lives; it has happened before and that "professor minister has never met and addressed people who reside near these parks!
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+1 #2 WADADA roger 2019-04-15 23:22
I wish human beings knew that elephant paths were created more than 200 years ago and never change, RIP to those who lost life
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+1 #3 kabayekka 2019-04-15 23:23
Indeed there is an international life insurance policy that compensates such loss of human life by the wild life animals in these internationally recognised national parks.

Unfortunately the consumer organisations in this country are not under pressure to follow up with this helpful economic facility.

That is why the African communities living near these animal parks have a right to own guns so that they can defend themselves and their properties from such unnecessary destruction.
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+1 #4 kabayekka 2019-04-15 23:26
It is high time the citizens of Uganda might start to sympathise with the nasty poachers of some of these wild animals if human life is going to be lost anyhow near these money making national parks.
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