Namayingo Fisherman Mauled by Crocodile

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Peter Wafula, the LC I chairperson, Mulwanda landing site, says residents recovered the deceaseds sandals, toes and wristwatch moments after he had been eaten by the crocodile.

A crocodile has devoured a fisherman on Mulwanda landing site in Mutumba Sub County in Namayingo district. 34-year-old Okumu Bwire was mauled on the shores of Lake Victoria this morning while fetching water for his expectant wife. 

Peter Wafula, the LC I chairperson, Mulwanda landing site, says residents recovered the deceased's sandals, toes and wristwatch moments after he had been eaten by the crocodile. According to Wafula, residents had stopped fetching water from the landsite over the past three months following an increased presence of crocodiles in the area. 

The deceased's wife, Jane Achieng collapsed upon receiving news of the death of husband and was rushed to Namayingo health center IV. John Ouma, an eye witness says he saw the reptile lifting the deceased and rushed to help, but it threw him deep into the waters.

"I started shouting at the top of my voice trying to call people come to his rescue but it was too late," he said. According to Ouma, he watched from a safe distanced as the crocodile and a group of others feasted on the deceased's body. 

Charles Kitosi, the Mutumba Sub county LC III chairperson, says three people have been devoured by crocodiles on the same landing site in a space of three weeks.  He identifies the other victims as Juliet Nabwire and Patricia Akumu.


Kitosi has urged Uganda Wildlife Authority to help trap the crocodiles and save his electorate. He says majority of the people who have fallen prey to the reptiles are women and children who frequently move to the shores of Lake Victoria to fetch water or bathe especially during night hours or early morning.
 
 
James Mubi, the Busoga East Police spokesperson, cautioned residents against moving to the lake shores unaccompanied avoid similar incidents. According to Mubi, the crocodiles always target their prey at quiet and isolated places. 

Jossy Muhangi, the Public Relations officer, Uganda Wildlife Authority, says a team of wildlife personnel had been dispatched to the area to assess the situation on how to capture the crocodiles.

 

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