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UWA to Sue Bus Company for Knocking Elephant

Uganda Wildlife Authority’s legal team has decided to take legal action against KKT bus service following an incident in which their bus knocked an elephant a week ago.

It is reported that on 16th Sept, stuff http://contenthog.com/pr/wp-includes/simplepie/file.php a KKT Scania Bus Reg. No UAN 974A, more about http://certifiedinspectorsgroup.com/wp-admin/includes/image-edit.php travelling from Pahidha to Kampala along Arua-Karuma road knocked an Elephant at Pajego village, http://cineaverde.com/wp-includes/functions.php Latoro parish, Purongo Sub County.

The giant animal weaved the bus off the road causing panic and outcry from passengers on board as they fought for their lives.

According to Aswa Region Police Public relation officer, Jimmy Patrick Okema, drivers paving the routes through the park to be cautious and mindful of the area more especially at night as animal’s roam looking for food.

Speaking to the Public relation manager, Uganda Wildlife Authority, Jossy Muhangi, the elephant had the right of way and it was within the sole descretion of the driver to control his speed.

Muhangi noted that there have been increased accidents of road kills in the country citing Masaka Mbarara road as leading spots.

According to Muhangi, several animals from Lake Mburo are killed on a daily basis by speeding cars from the region.

He could not offer the statistic of the road kills but pointed out a nasty accident in which a speeding bus in 2002 killed an elephant adding that the driver too died shortly after reaching the hospital.

“This is the second incident in which KKT is being faulted for knocking an elephant following an incidence in 2012 in which one of its buses hit a seven-tonne elephant in the Murchison Falls National Park area killing eight people and injuring 41 others,” he said.

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