Joseph Muhereza, a resident of Kyenyabutongo village, says the elephants destroyed their crop gardens forcing some residents to flee their homes.
A herd of elephants from Queen Elizabeth National park has invaded Kihihi Sub County in Kanungu district. According to residents, about 15 elephants started arriving in the sub county on Sunday through Kyenyabutongo village in Kibimbiri parish.
Joseph Muhereza, a resident of Kyenyabutongo village, says the elephants destroyed their crop gardens forcing some residents to flee their homes. Nelson Natukunda, the Kihiihi sub county LCIII chairperson, says more than 50 families have abandoned their homes.
"The elephants have no vegetation to feed on in the park and as a result they have invaded people's crops and caused a lot of damage" says Natukunda. He says the residents stormed the resident's crop gardens after the vegetation in the parkwas destroyed by raging bush fires due to a
prolonged dry spell.
According to Natukunda, they have asked residents not to attack the animals as they wait for a team from Uganda Wildlife Authority to return them to the park. Nelson Gumah, the conservation manager, Queen Elizabeth National Park told URN on phone that they had learnt about the elephant invasion, adding that preparations were underway to chase them back into the park.