By Pascal Onega
BULIISA: Residents of Waiga village, Bugana Parish, Buliisa Sub County, Buliisa District, were left in shock after their colleague was attacked and killed instantly by an elephant.
The incident happened this morning at around 9:00 a.m. The deceased was identified as Janet Bero Pamungu, 42, a resident of the above address.
It is alleged that the deceased had gone with her two children to a nearby bush in Waiga to collect firewood; upon arrival, they saw a herd of elephants coming to attack them.
When they tried to flee, one of the elephants rushed towards them, attacked and killed her instantly, as the children tried to escape while making an alarm.
Speaking to this publication, the Chairperson of LC1 Waiga village, Mr. Charles Ukumu, confirmed the incident and said that he was tipped off by the two children of the deceased, who told him that their mother had been trampled by an elephant.
Ukumu disclosed that, this prompted him to call the LC3 Chairperson and the officials from UWA as they rushed to the scene, finding the deceased’s body lying in a pool of blood with intestines out.
The Buliisa Sub County LC3 Chairperson, Mr. Kamanda Kabagambe, said that the body of the deceased was taken to Buliisa General Hospital for postmortem.
Kamanda asked the UWA authorities to compensate the grieving family and also speed up the process of fencing the park so that people are protected.
The Buliisa Constituency Member of Parliament, Hon. Allan Atugonza, told our reporter that he has raised so many issues about wildlife-human conflict with almost all government offices, but in vain.
The legislator vowed that they will not allow wildlife to become superior to human beings, adding that they are engaging civil society organizations, the government, and UWA so that they eliminate wild animals existing in the community.
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