UWA Ranger Killed by Elephants

A Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA) ranger has been trampled to death by elephants.

The deceased has been identified as Scot Guma, attached to the Murchison Falls National Game park in Nwoya district.

President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni said Monday evening said that he was shocked and saddned by the incidenct.

Mr. Museveni was speaking from the Presidential State Lodge at the 4th division army barracks in Gulu City shortly after addressing West Acholi National Resistance Movement (NRM) party delegates.

The President said he had directed the Office of the Prime Minister (OPM) to extend assistance to the bereaved family.

He called for the expeditious construction of an electric fence around Murchison Falls National Game Park to avoid wild animals from straying into the community.

Local authorities in Nwoya district say that the UWA ranger died on Saturday afternoon in Cuk Anyeri, Gok village, Anaka Sub County in Nwoya district.

Geoffrey Opobo, the Anaka Sub County Local Chairperson said that the deceased ranger was the company of other rangers and met his death while trying to drive a herd of over 25 elephants that had invaded the area on Saturday night after escaping from Murchison Falls National Game Park.

The elephants however reportedly became irritated and charged at the rangers forcing others flee for dear lives but the late Guma was caught in between them and trampled to death.