By Johnbosco Tugume
KIRYANDONGO. A speeding trailer has knocked dead an elephant in Murchison Falls National Park in Kiryandongo district.
The accident occurred on Sunday at Alengo village, Banda parish, Kiryandongo district at around 10:00Pm along Kampalal-Gulu highway.
Bashir Hangi, the communications Manager, Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA) says the elephant died on Monday due to multiple injuries and the meat was given to residents for feasting.
Mr. Hangi expressed sadness over the death of the male elephant as he cautioned motorists to always limit their speed while crossing over National Parks.
“Motorists are by law supposed to limit their speed to 45km per hour such that they can easily brake in case they encounter an animal but due to reckless driving, that is why we are registering such incidents,” he said.
He adds that the issue has been handed over to police to investigate and ensure the driver is prosecuted accordingly. He said UWA has done enough through erecting signposts to caution motorists on the speed and also carryout sensitization.
Julius Allan Hakiza, the Albertine region police spokesperson says police is hunting for the driver who took off after the accident.
According to him, the trailer was impounded and is parked at Kiryandongo police station. He said there were four other passenger onboard and one of them identified as Iren Abalo hailing from Kitgum district got injured.
She is now admitted at Kiryandongo hospital.
This comes after two years when three people were killed and 10 others sustained injuries in June 2016 when Arua-Kampala bound bus knocked an elephant dead at Alengo village in Mutunda Sub-county, Kiryandongo district along Kampala-Gulu highway.