elephants have eaten 7.3 million Shillings belonging to a family inMasese village, Namokora
sub-county in Kitgum District.
incident happened in an attack by roaming elephants from Kidepo National
Game Park in Kitgum district in the wee hours of Friday, December
Ocan, the head of the family that lost the money, told URN in an interview that they
had kept the money in a granary together with food items. He says five million Shillings were savings made from the sale of products such as simsim, millet and sunflower, to pay the dowry of his daughter-in-law, while the 2.3 million Shillings belonged to one of his sons who had sold his sun flower harvest and requested his mother to keep the money.
Ocan says his wife then put the money together and saved it in a granary, but when the
elephants invaded their home, they overturned the granary
and ate all the foodstuff plus the money. He says that the money is kept home because the banks are located about 60 kilometres away.
Luo byte //Cue
in; “Onongo watye ki ciling…
out…lyeci obalo weng.”//
Oryem Olweny, the District Councilor V representing Namokora
sub-county says, the Uganda Wildlife Authority needs to find ways of driving the
elephants away from the community.
in; “We have given…
out…than the elephants.”//
Aber, the Secretary for Production and Marketing in Kitgum District blamed the game rangers for the elephant invasions in
the area. According to Aber, the game
rangers spend more time in leisure than performing their duties.
in; “We are supposed…
out…doing nothing completely.”//
Komakech, the Kitgum Resident District Commissioner, revealed that he has received
several complaints from the communities around Kidepo National Game Park about
the persistent invasions of stray elephants. Komakech
pledged to ensure that the family that lost money in the attack is compensated.
in; “It is true...
out…not to be like that.”//
indicate that for the past six months, an estimated 70 stray elephants from the
conservation area have been roaming the district, destroying crop gardens,
stored foodstuffs and causing scare and sleepless nights among the community. The
most affected sub-counties include; Orom, Kiteny, Orom East, Namokora all in
Chua East Constituency in Kitgum District.
Amanya, the Chief Warden at Kidepo National Game Park regretted the destruction
made by the elephants and blamed it on the shortage of game rangers to effectively
man the affected areas.