Elephants Ravage Crops In Agago District

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A herd of elephants have invaded Agago district, destroying crops and threatening the lives of the local residents.

A herd of elephants have invaded Agago district, destroying crops and threatening the lives of the local residents.
 
The elephants numbering about 10 have destroyed more than 180 acres of crop gardens in the last one week.

Locals say the elephants crossed from Kidepo National Park, but the park authorities have not done anything to evacuate the animals. The most affected villages are Karenga and Alormar in Lapono sub-county in Agago district where farmers have already lost over 180 hectares of sim-sim, millet and sunflower plantations.
 
Raymond Opio Acega, the Local Council 3 chairperson of Lapono sub-county, says the situation is worrying to the locals. Acega claims that the officials of Uganda Wildlife Authority are reluctant to chase the animals away. He says he has informed Amos Okot, the Agago County Member of Parliament, to coordinate with the leadership of both Kaabong and the park but he has not yet received any feedback.
 
He says the residents in the sub-county have abandoned their gardens for fear of being attacked by the wild animals. He says their attempts to chase the animals away by using whistles and banging Jerricans have yielded nothing.
 
Mathew Obol, the LCV councilor for Lapono sub-county who double as the secretary finance in Agago district council, has threatened to mobilize the community to use their traditional weapons to Kill the elephants.
 
He has also urged the government to provide relief aid to the affected families, saying they may not have anything to eat since they can’t access their gardens.