Stray elephant kills man in Nwoya

Residents of Aringo-kec Village in Obira Parish, Got Apwoyo Sub-county in Nwoya District at the spot where Aruwa was killed by an elephant today.

A 47-year-old man has died after being attacked by a stray elephant at Aringo-kec Village in Obira Parish, Got Apwoyo Sub-county in Nwoya District.

Geoffrey Aruwa met his demise in the wee hours of this morning (Monday) when he was joined by four other people to chase a herd of elephants from his rice garden, according to Mr Latim Openy, the Got Apwoyo Sub-county LC 3 Chairman.

The politician said the deceased who hailed from Rumba village in Oruci sub-county, Nebbi district died instantly when one of the elephants charged at him at around midnight. He said that the body was later handed over to Nebbi police.

Audio: Openy on elephant (English)
The body of Geoffrey Aruwa wrapped in a papyrus mat awaiting transportation to Nebbi district.

Efforts to get a comment from the Murchison Falls National Game Park community conservation warden, Mr Wilson Kagoro, were futile since his phone was switched off by press time.

Past incidents

This is not the first time an elephant has killed a person in Nwoya.

On November 15, 2020, a stray elephant killed Sgt Scot Guma, 50, a ranger with Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA) at Murchison Falls National Game Park in Nwoya district.

Guma who had served for 21 years was attacked at Lapono village in Anaka sub-county when he was driving away a herd of stray elephants that later turned and charged at him.

On October 1, 2020, Richard Okello, alias Ocii Lapaar, 38, was also killed by one of the six elephants he was driving away from his rice garden at Agung village in Anaka sub-county.

Ms Christine Abalo, the Agung village vice chairperson said Okello was attacked by an elephant that had remained behind. He died on spot surviving six orphans and three widows.

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