Wildlife team captures man-eater croc on R.Kafu

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UWA team captured this man-eater croc that killed 3 children along River Kafu in Masindi

Uganda Wildlife‏ Authority [UWA] has captured a monster crocodile that has been terrorising people along River Kafu in Masindi district.

Last year, residents of Kimengo Sub County in Masindi district accused the Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA) of neglecting them when crocodiles on River Kafu are endlessly killing and eating their colleagues.

The latest incident happened in October when a primary five pupil of Kaikanga Primary School and was eaten by a crocodile as she fetched water from River Kafu.

Kimengo Sub county chairman, Robert Musasizi, said they have experienced similar problems for a long time and a number of people and animals have been eaten by the predators.

Musasizi said the most affected villages are Miduma, Kateirwe, Kizinga, Kafu and Kayera all in Kimengo Sub-county.

He accused UWA, whose mandate is to conserve wildlife of giving priority to animals that are wreaking havoc on human beings.

UWA team pins down the monster

“Our team captured this man-eater crocodile that killed three children along River Kafu in Masindi,” UWA said in a social media message on Friday.

UWA sector manager in charge of Murchison Falls conservation area, Richard Muhabwe, also admitted that he is aware of the dangers caused by crocodiles on River Kafu.

He said they lack personnel to control or repatriate the beasts. UWA has been relocating other animals from one park to another.

In March this year, UWA relocated more than 200 Kobs from Murchison Falls National Park to Kidepo Valley National Park, a distance of about 360 kilometres to boost tourism in the northeast apex area of Uganda bordering South Sudan and Kenya.

Murchison Falls is the largest park in Uganda, famous for buffalos, ostriches and lions.

The crocodile prepared for transportation

According to Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA) ranger guide, Andrew Opeto, the relocation is to increase on the number of species of animals to attract more tourists to the park.

Last year, UWA transferred 15 giraffes from Murchison to Lake Mburo National Park with a similar aim of boosting tourism in the country.

Last year, UWA handed over Shs143m, which was 20 per cent of the park entry revenue that had accumulated over the last three years to the communities adjacent to the park.