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Victim of Elephant Attack Dies in Kaabong

Nakwang died on Tuesday at Kaabong Hospital where she was hospitalized for days after an attack at Natalapan Resettlement Camp in Lolelia South Sub County.
Stray Elephants at Kidepo National Valley Park.

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Betty Nakwang, 36, a victim who was attacked by stray Elephants at Kidepo Valley National Park has died


Nakwang died on Tuesday at Kaabong Hospital where she was hospitalized for days after an attack at Natalapan Resettlement Camp in Lolelia South Sub County. 

Nakwang and her child were attacked by the Elephants over the weekend. The two-year-old child Mary Ipae died instantly.

She was in her garden harvesting maize when the Elephant emerged and chased them. The animal first grabbed the child from the mother before venting its anger on the mother.

Records from Kaabong Hospital indicate that Nakwang’s spinal cord with other body parts were broken by the time she was taken to the facility.

“The Elephant stepped on her several times, leaving her unconscious. People thought she had died but surprisingly, she gained conscience and we rushed her to the hospital. However, she couldn’t sit or turn while on bed. She needed some specialized treatment to save her life but such treatment was not available at the Kaabong Hospital”, Mathew Kubal, the Community Development Officer, CDO in Kakamar Sub County said.

Uganda Wildlife Authority, UWA Communications Officer, Bashir Hangi says the attack is regrettable. He, however, explained that much as the new law caters for compensation of the victims, it has not yet been gazetted to enable the authority mobilize resources.

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Cases of Elephants attacking and killing people and destroying property including crops in the gardens are common in Kaabong district.

In 2018, President Museveni, during thanksgiving prayers for Rose Lilly Akello, now Karenga Woman MP, asked UWA to fasten electric fencing of the Kidepo Valley National Park. But Hangi says the fencing has started in other parts of the country.

Kidepo Valley National Park is one of the major tourist attractions in the country. The park has arguably the most diverse fauna including lions, leopards and bat-eared foxes, Black-backed and side-striped jackals, buffaloes, antelopes among others.