Stray Elephants Kill Expectant Mother, Injures One Person

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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.

Stray elephants from Murchison Falls national Game 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 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 at Aber P.7 School in Aber Sub County. 



He says a team of game rangers from Murchison Falls National 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.  




Just towards the end of 2018, one person was killed by stray elephants from Murchison Falls National Game Park.    

 

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Ronald Odongo
Ronald Odongo is the URN Bureau Chief Lira, Northern Uganda.A multimedia Journalist, Media trainer and investigative enthusiast. Lira,Apac,Dokolo,Oyam, Kwania, Otuke, Amolatar,and Alebtong districts fall under his docket. Odongo has been a URN staff member since 2012 though he had been a contributor since 2006.

Odongo started out as a bicycle reporter for Radio Unity in 2004. He was Radio Rhino FM's senior reporter, Luo news anchor and station producer between 2006 and 2011. Odongo started out as a freelance writer for Uganda Radio Network in 2006.

Odongo is particularly interested in reporting on community health, and education concerns. Good governance and human rights beats are dear to Odongo as a former Lord’s Resistance Army rebels captive 1996-1998.