Observer (Uganda)

Stray elephants kill expectant mother, injure pupil in Oyam

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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.