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.
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
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
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Cue out…such cases”//
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
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.