In a horrifying case of human – animal interests, one person was killed last weekend by an elephant that is believed to have strayed from a National Park and invaded communities in Buganda Sub County in Kamwenge district.
The deceased Gilbert Rwosire, aged 53, was a resident of Kyakabengo village in Kakasi parish, Buhanda sub-county.
According to Kamwenge’s head of police investigations Alfred Akankwatsa, Rwosire met his death when he crossed the path of the stray beast as he returned home on Saturday night.
He is said to have had some drinks at the time.
The Police boss says the elephant trampled Rwosire to death and his body was found in a pool of blood on Sunday morning.
Area residents according to Akankwasa, had complained severally about the stray elephant, and how it was destroying their crops.
He says local authorities petitioned the Uganda Wildlife Authority, who sent in a team to help.
At the time, some residents had started hunting down the elephant to kill it.
The UWA authorities however, reassured that the animal would be guided back to Queen Elizabeth National Park.
The beast nonetheless took a strike before it could be taken back to the park.
Residents were angry at UWA and its slow response to their calls even in the past when they had stray animals ravaging their crops.
The Buhanda sub-county vice chairman Eric Tumukunde warned that next time, locals will have no incentive to stop them from killing such animals.
“You would rather arrest us after we have speared them to death,” he said.
The OC CID Akankwatsa promised to table the matter to the security committee of Kamwenge district meeting and again talk to Uganda wild life Authority.
The deceased left behind six children four girls and two boys.