By Fred Kiva
A game ranger's two and a half year old child has been eaten by a leopard at Mweya Safari Lodge in Queen Elizabeth National Park.
Elisha Nabugyere was killed by the wild animal on Friday at around 7:30pm.
His father, SSP Francis Manana Nabugyere says the child was attacked at their house doorway where he was seated at the Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA) staff quarters.
"He was seated with the maid when the leopard grabbed and ran with him. Efforts to rescue him did not yield, we later recovered the skull and some other bones," SSP Nabugyere, an officer at the police senior Command and staff college Bwebajja told Kampala Post.
The deceased's mother who is a park ranger was at the neighbour’s at the time, according to Mr Nabugyere.
He says his son's remains have been buried.
"UWA gave us the coffin. I have not talked to them about the incident but I would expect something reasonable to compensate me, although my son's life is gone," Nabugyere said, challenging UWA to do more in ensuring the security of their staff and children.
UWA communications manager Bashir Hangi described the incident as unfortunate. He was however not specific on whether the parents would be compensated or not, saying: "We have an arrangement for our staff who lose their lives or their loved ones in the line of duty."
He revealed that efforts are underway to track down the killer leopard.
"We are working towards establishing the leopard and evaluating options such as relocating it somewhere else. It is not good to keep it there,” he said in Watsapp message to this reporter.