Elephant trumples man to death in Kasese

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NEWS– Stray elephants have trumpled a man to death in Bigando village, Kistwamba Sub County in Kasese District. 

The victim has been identified as Osbert Nuwamanya, a resident of Bigando village, Kitswamba sub county who becomes the 5th person to be killed by an elephant in a space of two years.

The late Nuwamanya was attacked by a herd of elephants last night towards midnight as he and his friend attempted to chase them from their gardens after they escaped from Kibaale National Park.

According to Obed Turyasingura, who survived the same attack, one of the elephants charged at them and eventually caught up with Nuwamanya as they attempted to flee and it ran over him several times leaving him dead.

The residents have  appealed to the government to extend more ranger posts and electric fences in the area to safeguard farmers and the community from constant wildlife attacks.

The area councillor representing Rugendabara parish to the sub-county, Bridget Mure said the elephants have become a huge problem, especially with the onset of the dry season. 

She also asks the government to expedite the compensation clause in the Uganda Wildlife Authority Act to enable such affected families to be compensated.

The Uganda Wildlife Authority communications officer, Bashir Hangi says UWA is trying hard to put up measures of preventing human-wildlife conflict adding that once the compensation clause is enacted into the new law, affected persons would well be better catered for.