By Saidi Engola
A 38 year old woman identified as Florence Amito with three months pregnancy a resident of Bar-odugu village in Mutunda Sub County, Kiryandongo district is nursing injuries at Pope John’s hospital Aber after having been attacked by a buffalo.
Amito met her fate on Sunday morning at around 8:00am in Bar-odugu village as she was on her way to collect fire wood inside Karuma wildlife reserve in Murchison falls conservation area.
The charged buffalo injured Amito’s buttock, neck and also broke her right arm before she was rescued by game rangers at Karuma wildlife reserve who were monitoring problem animals in the area.
Amito is a member of a group of women who signed a memorandum of understanding with Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA) for collaborative resource use which permits women to collect firewood from the National Park.
Warden community conservation attached to Karuma Wildlife Reserve in Murchison Falls Conservation Area, Godfrey Lubangakene said that UWA has taken over the responsibility of treating the victim.
He said that the buffalo that attacked Amito seemed to have been overwhelmed with injuries inflicted in it by poachers terrorizing wildlife in the park.
Lubangakene appealed to poachers to stop their illegal practices which have become rampant. He added that, during dry season several herds of buffaloes are moving up and down searching for water and pasture.
Alex Omona, the husband of Amito said he was stunned by buffalo’s attack but hailed Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA) for having taken a responsibility of treating his wife.