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A buffalo has killed a farmer and wounded another in Mutunda Sub County in Kiryandongo district. Sylvester Mafabi, a resident of Mutunda village died on Wednesday afternoon in Kimogora ranches, along the Nile River valley.

A buffalo has killed a farmer and wounded another in Mutunda Sub County in Kiryandongo district.
 
Sylvester Mafabi, a resident of Mutunda village died on Wednesday afternoon in Kimogora ranches, along the Nile River valley. Mafabi was laid to rest with assistance from Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA).
 
The identity of the wounded farmer could not be obtained by URN and the attacking buffalo disappeared into the wild.

Richard Muhabwe, the UWA warden in charge of Karuma Conservation area, says the farmer was attacked to death by a buffalo suspected to have been wounded by poachers.
 
Muhabwe says the residents were clearing their plantation when the animal charged at them. He says poaching within Kimogora government ranches and farming activities threaten the survival of elephants and buffaloes in the area.
 
According to Muhabwe, the poachers and encroachers are from as far as Apac and other neighbouring districts. He says their last monitoring surveillance sighted just 16 buffaloes in a herd. 

In December 2015, another stray buffalo attached and wounded one person in Lagaji village, Pabit in Purongo Sub-county, Nwoya district. Eighteen-year-old Nelson Onen was treated at Anaka Hospital. He had gone to harvest sim-sim from his garden on the fringes of Murchison Falls National Park when the attack happened.

In December 2014, another attack by stray buffaloes left a 60-year-old woman dead. Hellen Aparo was a resident of Pamin Olango village Latoro Parish in Purongo sub county, Nwoya district. 

In 2014, six people were killed by stray animals from Murchison Falls National Park.
 

 

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Peter Labeja
Peter Labeja has been a practicing journalist for the last 13 years during which he has covered part of the brutal conflict which bedeviled Northern Uganda as well as the painful transition to Peace thereafter. Emerging post conflict issues such as land rights of under privileged widows and orphans, challenges of access to social services in the immediate aftermath of Lord’s Resistance Army conflict in Northern Uganda.

Labeja is now the Northern Uganda Bureau chief in Acholi Sub Region since 2014 - Gulu, Amuru, Nwoya and Omoro districts as well as South Sudan falls within his areas of jurisdiction. He previously worked with The Vision Group for four years.

Labeja’s major career interests are in Climate Change; Agriculture and Environment - natural resources such as Water, Oil and Gas; Transitional Justice; Human Rights, Democracy and Governance as well as South Sudan’s humanitarian crisis. In 2013, Labeja was awarded a prestigious Pan African Journalism Award for excellence in journalism at United Nation’s UNEP headquarters in Nairobi, Kenya for Climate Change and Health Reporting.