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Government to Compensate Families Affected by Stray Elephants-Says Minister of Tourism Mugarura.

By Jimmy Muhumuza.

Acholi Sub-Region 

During the fact-finding mission, state Minister for Tourism, Martin Mugarra said the government will compensate affected families besides giving emergency food relief to support the families that their crops were destroyed by the stray elephants.

As stray elephants continue to wreak havoc in districts across the Acholi sub-region, the family of deceased Esther Akwongo is demanding compensation for the life of the daughter who was killed by the stray elephant.

Earlier this month the 60 years old Akwongo, a resident of Gaji sub-ward in Lakang Sub County Amuru district was attacked and killed by a stray elephant on her way from the garden.

Besides the death of Akwongo, it’s reported over 1000 acres of crops have so far been destroyed by stray elephants in one week and two people critically injured by the elephant.

Since 2013 residents of Apaa village in Amuru district have continuously blamed UWA wardens for allegedly attacking and burning their houses over disputed Apaa land that is said to be part of East Madi Game Reserve. With unresolved differences, UWA officials say the sour relationship has instilled fear for life among UWA wardens operating at East Madi Game Reserve.

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