3 killed by elephants in Buliisa sub-county alone – leaders’ report

Buliisa sub-county leaders have listed the names of three people who have been killed by elephants since February last year.

The cases involving a 15-year-old boy and a 67-year-old man occurred in Buliisa district alone at the height of the historic conflict between man and wildlife over the past 60 years in Buliisa.

The third case took place on Tuesday 20 2023, when a 42-year-old woman identified as Janet Bero Pamungu from Waiga village, Bugana parish, was killed.

Waiga village chairman Mr Charles Okumu identifies another person killed by elephants as 15-year-old Abdu, a pupil at Waiga 2 elementary school, who breathed his last in February last year.

The young boy was on his way home from school when he was mutilated and killed by an elephant that had apparently strayed from Murchison Falls National Park.

A year later, in February 2023, 67-year-old Moogo Ungyiera was killed while weeding his garden.

The chairman claims that the problem is only increasing rather than being tamed, despite promises by the Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA) to provide sustainable solutions.

Mr Kamanda Kabagambe, chairman of Buliisa sub-county local government, is calling on UWA to speed up the long-awaited installation of the electric fence bordering the conservation area to stop wildlife raids.

Speaking at a stakeholder meeting on human-wildlife conflict, UWA ranger Innocent Wako, a game warden attached to Murchison Falls National Park, reiterated his call for residents to make timely reports to UWA rangers whenever elephants are seen in communities.

Many Buliisa communities are currently food insecure due to elephant raids and cassava diseases on the other side. The same problems are reported in the Nwoya district, which also borders Murchison Falls National Park to the north.