By Yosamu Gucwaki
Residents of Nyakarongo and Kitengule villages in Pakanyi Sub County, Masindi district are living in fear after a herd of stray elephants from Murchison Falls Park invaded their villages again.
According to Scovia Kusiima, a resident of Kitengule, the herd of eight elephants invaded the villages on Wednesday night and destroyed several gardens there before they were scared away by residents who banged items like Jerricans and drums.
She added that some residents were no longer attending to their gardens because elephants and she appealed to Uganda wild life Authority (UWA) to go to their rescue by driving the elephants back into the National park.
When www.mknewslink.com tried to speak to the LC1 Kitengule to give any comment failed because his phone was unavailable.
But the former chairman LC1 Kitengule village Johnson Byabasaija confirmed the reports saying that the elephants came from Nyakarongo village and invaded the village forcing residents to spend sleepless nights as they tried to scare them away.
Byabasaija also called upon UWA to go and drive the elephants back into the park in order to protect the residents and their gardens.
This is the second time stray elephants from Murchison Falls National Park have invaded the same area in two months this year, the first being in March.
Our reporter could not get a comment from UWA on the matter since the Public Relations Officer Uganda Wildlife authority never answered our repeated calls.
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