An elephant has been killed and some passengers injured following a motor accident that occurred on Wednesday night along Pakwach – Karuma highway in Nwoya district.
The accident involved a Gaagaa bus, Reg No. UAL 158Z which was heading to Kampala. The bus hit an elephant as the gigantic animal crossed the road. The incident happened in the Murchison falls national park.
Although there were no fatalities, eight people are reported to have sustained injuries.
According to Bashir Hangi, the Public Relations Officer for Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA), the death of an elephant is a great loss to the country.
He said that UWA regrets the continued killing of elephants by motorists along wildlife protected areas.
“The speed limit in these areas are clear, drivers are asked to drive at 40km per hour but many do not follow. This and that’s where the problems have always come from,” Hangi said.
He said the damage caused on the bus points to the possibility that the bus was over speeding.
While UWA can charge the driver for killing wildlife, Traffic Police is mandated to pursue the offense of over speeding especially when signage on speed limits are clearly placed in open space.
“Drivers should respect speed limits and we call on our traffic officers to enforce these otherwise we will continue to incur more losses,” Hangi said.
He said this is not the first that such incidences are happening, urging for action to be taken to ensure it does not reoccur.
Wildlife is the biggest contributor to Uganda’s tourism revenue. Tourism as a sector is the biggest earner of foreign revenue for the country, having pooled USD 1.35 billion in 2016 contributing 23.5% of total exports.