UWA Commends Nwoya Community for Driving Away Stray Elephants

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The Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA) Executive Director Andrew Seguya has applauded the community in Paduny in Nwoya district for driving away three stray elephants that invaded the community on Thursday morning.

The Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA) Executive Director Andrew Seguya has applauded the community in Paduny in Nwoya district for driving away three stray elephants that invaded the community on Thursday morning.
 
The elephants raided Paduny village, Anaka Sub County in Nwoya district causing fear and terror as they destroyed crops and moved around the community before locals started to drive them away.
 
According to David Oloya, a resident of Nwoya, the UWA rangers arrived after the members of the community had already started driving the elephants away towards the side of Aswa River.
 
Seguya explained that the elephants had wandered into the area because it had long been devoid of human activity as a result of the war. He said the community did not harm the elephants because they had received basic training on how to handle stray animals.  He asked the community members to always inform rangers so that the animals can be driven back.
 
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However residents of the area expressed concern that the animals might wander back.  
 
Residents of Nwoya and others staying around the Park and have in the past lost their crops and property to stray animals like elephants and buffaloes among others and yet the country does not have any clear policy on compensation.

 

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“Journalism that changes lives is my goal,” Alex Otto has said on more than one occasion. That is his career’s guiding principle. Has been since he was a radio journalist in the northern Ugandan town of Gulu in 2009.

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A URN staff member since 2014, Otto previously worked with The Observer Newspaper from 2012 to 2013 and later the Institute for War and Peace Reporting IWPR based in Gulu.

He was the URN Gulu bureau chief 2014-2016.