Majid Ajaru, an eye witness and relative to the deceased told Uganda Radio Network on Thursday morning that no sooner had the deceased dived in the lake than the crocodile emerged from the Lake and grabbed him.
Fishing boats at Rwantale Landing site in Hoima district. Crocodiles have become a threat to communities settling on the Lake Albert shores
A crocodile has mauled
a 20-year old man in Lake Albert in Buliisa district. The deceased has been
identified as Papi Ubemu, a resident of Butiaba Landing Site in Butiaba
He was allegedly grabbed by a Crocodile around 9pm on
Wednesday night when he went to bath in the lake. Majid Ajaru, an eye
witness and relative to the deceased told Uganda Radio Network on Thursday
morning that no sooner had the deceased dived in the lake than the crocodile
emerged from the Lake and grabbed him.
According to Ajaru, they heard the
deceased screaming for help. He says they couldn’t do much to save Papi’s
life as the crocodile disappeared with him deceased in the lake. According to Ajaru, a
team of fishermen from Butiaba landing site are searching for Papi’s body.
Hakiza, the Albertine Region Police Spokesperson, says officers from the Police
Marine Unit are preparing to conduct a search for the deceased’s body. Mugenyi Malitabu, the Butiaba
sub-county L C3 Chairperson, said crocodiles have become a menace at Butiaba
He says an 8-year-old boy was and killed by a crocodile at
Walukuba landing site near Butiaba landing site when he went to bath two weeks
ago. Malitabu reveals that currently
residents are living in fear, especially women and children who fetch water and
firewood from the lake shores.
In July 2018, a crocodile attacked and severely
injured 18-year-old Maureen Vicky, a resident of Kiryamboga landing site in
Hoima district. The deceased was on her way back home from an area near River Wambabya in
Kiryamboga where she had gone to collect firewood together with five other
women when was attacked by the crocodile. She was severely injured in
the stomach, leg, left hand, head and back.
In July 2019, 24-year -old Christine Nema, a resident of
Rwebigongoro Landing Site in Ndaiga sub-county in Kagadi district was also grabbed
and killed by a crocodile as she washing clothes on the lake shores.