April 20, 2014

Crocodiles Invade Jinja District

A swarm of crocodiles on the shores of Lake Victoria are increasingly becoming a threat to the communities in Jinja district, the commercial officer has said.

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Fred Muganza, Jinja district commercial officer, estimates that more than 60 crocodiles are in the waters of Kisima I, Kisima II, Lwabitooke and Wairaka islands in Kakira sub county in Jinja district.

He says four people have so far been killed by the crocodiles since January this year, while 10 people have been left with injuries including missing limbs.

Muganza says that one of the crocodiles was captured by Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA) officers last year.

James Magino, a survivor of a crocodile attack, blames them for the disappearance of several persons who have gone to the lake and never been seen again. In some cases, only their clothes have been recovered.

The latest victim is a Bosco Ojambo, a 29-year-old man from Kakira village who is suspected to be killed by a crocodile in the wee hours of Thursday morning.

Ali Kisambira, Wairaka Beach Management Unit officer, says Ojambo was found dead on the shores at Wairaka landing site in Wairaka parish Kakira Sub County. One of his legs appeared to have been chewed off and he had deep bite marks on his body.

Francis Makhoha, a resident of Kisima I island, calls on UWA officials to come to their rescue in time before they lose other people to crocodiles.

Previously crocodiles have invaded district like Kamuli, Buyende, Namyingo and Mayuge killing at least 400 people hundreds in the last five years.

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