Six Admitted As Bees Invade Lwengo Village

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At least six people have been rushed to hospital in critical condition after a large swarm of bees invaded their village and stung them severely. The incident happened Wednesday morning at Bulassana village in Lwengo Sub-county, Lwengo district where three goats were also killed in the attack.

At least six people have been rushed to hospital in critical condition after a large swarm of bees invaded their village and stung them severely.
 
The incident happened Wednesday morning at Bulassana village in Lwengo Sub-county, Lwengo district where three goats were also killed in the attack.
 
The victims are Kato Kawuma (3), Stella Nakalunga (29), Iddi Senyondo (30), Edris Ssali (32), Deus Banadda (30) and Hassan Sserwanga.
 
Some are admitted in Kitovu hospital-Masaka while others in private clinics in Lwengo where they are receiving treatment.
 
According to residents, the bees sprung from several hives in Erias Nyindo, the parish councilor's coffee plantation. The plantation measures about one acre boarders a major path used by the residents.
 
Residents say they were forced to vacate their homes for several hours until the bees smoked out.
 
Much as it's not clear what caused the attack and the actual number of bees involved, the residents estimate that they were in thousands and could fill at least five 20-litre jerry cans if combined.
 
Banadda, one of the victims, is in a critical condition after the bees stung him in the face and damaged his eyes. Health workers at Kitovu hospital told us that Banadda will undergo an eye operation in order to save his sight.
 
He is currently being assisted by his family members for direction since his face is swollen and can hardly see.
 
Sserwanga, another victim, explains that he was stung trying to save his goats. He says they were exotic and mature and each valued at 350,000 shillings.
 
Nakalunga, one of the victims, demands that Nyindo be reprimanded and forced to compensate them for the damages suffered.
 
Residents say they lodged several concerns about the possible danger they posed to the community but their local leaders including Nyindo, a bee farmer in the area, ignored them.
 
URN has also learnt from residents that this was the second bee invasion in the area. In 2014 two goats were killed and a few residents injured when bees invaded the village.
 
Joseph Lubega Bazonoona, the Lwengo LCIII Chairperson, confirmed the incident saying the entire village was almost left deserted as people ran for their lives. He says the swarm spread to different households in the village causing havoc.
 
He adds they have encouraged the affected people to smoke their homesteads in order to drive out the bees while local leaders look for another solution.
 
Bazonoona said he had listened to the residents' complaints and asked Niyindo to find an alternative location to raise his bees. Residents had complained that they could not use the road near the tree that was home to the hives.
 
As a result, Nyindo was forced to escape for his life after a mob stormed his home to lynch him for having failed to shift the bees earlier. Efforts to get Nyindo for a comment were futile because he had gone into hiding.
 
Meanwhile, the victims are still receiving treatment in various hospitals and health centres and doctors says they are recuperating and would be discharged soon.