Stray Elephants Kill Student In Kotido

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John Bosco Lochu, the LC V councilor Kaceeri Sub County says Aleper met his death on Wednesday while traveling back from Nyang'iya in Kaabong in the company of two other boys.

Stray elephants from Kidepo National Game Park have trampled upon an 18-year-old boy in Kotido district to death. The deceased has been identified as Peter Aleper a senior two student of Kotido Senior Secondary school and residents of Losekucha village in Kaceeri Sub County. 
 
John Bosco Lochu, the LC V councilor Kaceeri Sub County says Aleper met his death on Wednesday while traveling back from Nyang'iya in Kaabong in the company of two other boys. He says the other boys narrowly survived death after they rode their bicycles faster.  

Lochu says the elephants also gored donkeys to death but the owners escaped into the jungles unhurt. He says stray elephants have become a menace in most villages bordering Kaabong and Kotido districts. Lochu says movement along Karamoja and Acholi borders has become risky. He appeals to the Uganda Wild life to prevail over the stray animals saying they have destroyed several gardens. 

Lopeke Lomerikol, the father to the deceased asked government to do something about the elephants in a telephone interview with URN. Lomerikol said he had high hopes in his son after spending colossal sums on his education. He wants Uganda Wildlife Authority-UWA to compensate his family for the loss of his son, which he blames on negligence on the part of the management of Kidepo National Game Park.
 
This is not the first time elephants dismantle livelihoods in Kaabong, Kotido and Abim districts. They destroyed several sorghum gardens in July last year raising fears of food shortages in Karamoja. Ends

 

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Olandason Wanyama
Olandason Wanyama is the Karamoja region bureau chief. Amudat, Nakapiripirit, Moroto, Abim, Kotido and Kaabong districts fall under his docket. Wanyama has been a URN staff member since 2012.

The former teacher boasts of 20 years journalism experience. Wanyama started out as a freelance writer for the Daily Monitor newspaper in 1991 in Entebbe. Wanyama also wrote for the army publication Tarehe Sita, the Uganda National Roads Authority (UNRA) magazine and The New Vision. While not on the beat, Wanyama taught child soldiers at Uganda Airforce School-Katabi.

Wanyama is very interested in conflict reporting, climate change, education, health and business reporting. He is also an avid photographic chronicler of vanishing tribal life in the East African region.