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Namukora Residents Remain in Panic After Elephant Invasion

Nyero says residents spent the better part of Saturday trying to blow whistles and vuvuzelas as they banged tins, jerrycans and drums and set fires as a measure of repulsing the stray elephants away, without success.
Residents observe the damage caused by elephants on a sunflower and sorghum garden Photo By Dan M Komakech

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Residents of Punu Kuru and Lapana wards in Namukora Town Council in Kitgum District are still in panic following an invasion of stray elephants on Saturday morning.

It’s reported that a herd of 14 stray elephants sneaked into the villages from Kidepo Valley National Park and raided farms razing acreages of plants.

Namukora Urban Council III Chairperson Kenneth Nyero Nyokcek says that the marauding elephants trampled on crops including sorghum, potatoes, bananas, pawpaws, cotton plantations and mangoes as-well-as destroying some huts and a barbed-wire fence.

Nyero says the wild animals had not yet caused any injury to humans but the incident caused fear among town residents who delayed opening their shops while others failed to go to their gardens due to the presence of the elephants.  It is suspected that these are part of the animals that have been marauding through the sub Counties of Orom and Namukora in Kitgum district and Omiya Pachua in Agago district for several months. 

Nyero says residents spent the better part of Saturday trying to blow whistles and vuvuzelas as they banged tins, jerrycans and drums and set fires as a measure of repulsing the stray elephants away, without success.

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He described the situation as worrisome as people within the area are anticipated to have sleepless nights due to elephant invasion and despite having informed the responsible authorities on the matter, nothing has been done.

Christine Akech, one of the area residents says they learnt of the presence of the wild animals in their area in the wee hours of Saturday morning after hearing trumpets of the elephants advancing towards their homes. She says many of the residents hurriedly scampered for safety.

According to Akech, before invading the town, the elephants raided farms and damaged crops in the villages of Guda, Rocil, Oryebo and Jeipi in Namukora Sub County, then crossed River Pager to Punukuru and Lapana wards in Namukora Town Council.

The Kidepo Valley National Park Chief Warden Samuel Amanya acknowledges receiving complaints from the residents saying they have dispatched a contingent of rangers to drive the elephants away from the area and to avert any possible danger to the populace and further crop destruction.

Amanya, however, urged the residents to avoid provoking or injuring the wildlife and be extra vigilant especially during this dry season since the animals were coming out of the game reserve in search of pasture and water.

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