Bashir Hangi, Uganda Wildlife Authority-UWA Communications Manager told URN that the deceased was in the company of three other colleagues on a journey from Masindi District through the National Park to Arua city while using a Toyota Wish car.
A Saudi Arabian National has been
trampled to death by an elephant in Murchison Falls National Park in Nwoya
Bashir Hangi, Uganda Wildlife
Authority-UWA Communications Manager told URN that the deceased, identified as Sayeed Elshahany was in the
company of three other colleagues on a journey from Masindi District through
the National Park to Arua city while using a Toyota Wish Registration number UBJ 917C
According to Hangi, preliminary reports indicate the travellers
stopped briefly to ease themselves inside the National park during their
journey but were charged at by a herd of elephants. He, however, says that the deceased had
moved a little further from their vehicle and failed to run for
safety when an elephant charged and attacked him.
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Cue out…it killed him.”//
UWA says in the meantime they are reviewing their safety protocols to avoid a repeat of such incidents. “We appealed to the public especially those transiting through the protected areas to take precautions and avoid putting themselves in harm's way,” Hangi said.
Wilson Kagoro, the warden in
charge of community Conservation in Murchison Falls National Park declined to
divulge details of the incident and particulars of the deceased in an interview
saying “they are handling the matter”.
In September last year, a 40-year-old
man identified as Celestino Odongo, a resident of Kole District was trampled to
death by a herd of elephants along Karuma-Pakwach road in Nwoya district.