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Elephants drive Kanungu residents to bushes


The Kinkizi West Member of parliament Candidate Mr. Gad Rugaju Ahimbisibwe has met residents in Kanungu district who farms have been raided by wild animals from Queen Elizabeth National Park.

On Wednesday, the animals stormed Kameme, Kyenyabutongo and Kyumbuguu villages in Kibimbiri parish and Lower and Upper Kazinga in Rushoroza parish, forcing the residents to flee.

About 100 homesteads have been affected in Kihiihi sub county.

Jack Turyatunga a resident from Kazinga lower, says they are sleeping outside their houses fearing to be attacked at night.

He was attacked by a leopard in 2015 which harmed his right finger.

He also explained that the elephants have destroyed crops including maize, cassava, rice, millet, sweet potatoes and sugarcane gardens.

In 2009, President Yoweri Museveni while laying a foundation stone at Kameme Primary School, which was built during the Army Week, promised to construct an electric fence to stop wild animals from escaping from the National Park to attack the residents.

The president recently renewed his promise on his campaign tour of the district but nothing has been done.

The elephants invaded the area after the President had just campaigned in the area.

One of the affected residents, Mr Fred Giriman from Rushoroza village, said his two acres of rice have been destroyed by the marauding elephants.

The Uganda Wildlife Authority Warden for Ishasha Sector of the Queen Elizabeth National Park, Mr Benon Mugerwa, confirmed receiving information about the marauding elephants but said that the animals have a free entry and exit from one country to another.

“Our duty is to ensure they are protected without harming them,” Mugerwa said.

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