The Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA) has warned people passing through wildlife protected areas to always take precautions “to avoid putting themselves in harm’s way”.
The UWA Spokesperson, Mr Bashir Hangi, advises that since protected wildlife areas harbour various and different types of dangerous animals, care should be taken for people using routes through game parks to avoid losing their lives to animal attacks.
He says the Authority is reviewing safety protocols to avoid incidents of animals attacking and killing people who use routes in wildlife protected areas.
Mr Hangi’s caution follows the death of a Saudi Arabian national, Ayman Sayed Elshahany, who was killed by an elephant in Murchison (Kabaleega) Falls National Park while travelling together with three others in a Toyota Wish vehicle registration number UBJ 917 C.
According to him, the Tuesday, January 25, 2022, incident happened after Ayman moved out of the vehicle and an elephant attacked him and killed him at around 11am.
The trio was en-route from Masindi to Arua through the game park, Mr Hangi says, describing the incident as unfortunate.
“They stopped along the way and the deceased moved out of the vehicle when an elephant came, charged at him and killed him on the spot,” he said.
“We reported the matter to Pakwach police and we will work closely with the police to ascertain that the matter is investigated fully. Otherwise, we commiserate with the bereaved family and friends in this sad moment,” Mr Hangi says.