The buffaloes reportedly attacked kraals and threatened residents at water points in the villages of Palaa in Padibe Town Council, Dec in Padibe East Sub County, and Keca in Paloga Sub County. However, no human deaths or injuries have been reported.
A group of stray buffaloes from Kidepo Valley National Park in the North Eastern part of the country have strayed and destabilized residents across three sub-counties in Lamwo district.
The buffaloes reportedly attacked kraals and threatened residents at water points in the villages of Palaa in Padibe Town Council, Dec in Padibe East Sub County, and Keca in Paloga Sub County. However, no human deaths or injuries have been reported from the physical confrontation with the wild beasts.
Lamwo Resident District Commissioner James Nabinson Kidega confirmed the invasion by the Buffaloes and added that several families had fled their homes.
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According to Kidega, children attempted to play with the dangerous animals while they grazed among cattle. He says that Police and Uganda People's Defense Force - UPDF soldiers intervened and shot in the air to scare the rough beasts.
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Kidepo Valley National Park boasts of semi-arid Savannah vegetation and rugged hills in areas bordering Sudan and Kenya, the Kidepo is surrounded by the Karimojong and the Ik tribes of Uganda.
According to UWA, the African Buffalo, also commonly referred to as the Cape buffalo is never domesticated because of its unpredictable nature and it is regarded as a very dangerous animal because buffaloes are responsible for over 200 human deaths every year.
Johnson Masereka, the Uganda Wildlife Authority Conservation Area Manager at Kidepo Valley National Park swiftly blamed residents for settling in wildlife grazing corridors.
Ochola's journalism career begun from Radio King 90.2 FM in Gulu around 2009, and Radio Rupiny 95.7 Fm under Vision Group in 2012. He also reported for Mighty Fire 91.5 Fm, Kitgum in 2015 before joining Wizarts Foundation in 2017.
He has been reporting for Uganda Radio Network (URN) since 2017 before being posted as Bureau Chief Kitgum, and latr Gulu between 2018 - 2021. Currently, he reports from Parliament.